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Headword: *)agxi/noia
Adler number: alpha,403
Translated headword: tight-wittedness
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] intelligence.[1]
Or "disposition of character for finding out immediately what the appropriate action is."[2] Or "a certain ability to guess properly in a brief period of time."[3]
Also [sc. attested is the related adjective] tight-witted.[4] Damascius [writes]: " acute and tight-witted natural power capable of being applied in many directions in a short time, very quick to understand and recognize the traces of what it is seeking." The passage [is] about Isidoros.[5]
Greek Original:
*)agxi/noia: su/nesis. h)\ e(/cis eu(retikh\ tou= kaqh/kontos e)k tou= paraxrh=ma. h)\ eu)stoxi/a tis e)n a)ske/ptw| xro/nw|. kai\ *)agxi/noun: *dama/skios: o)cei=an de\ kai\ a)gxi/noun fu/sews du/namin e)pi\ polla\ di' o)li/gou fe/resqai duname/nhn e(toimota/thn sunie/nai kai\ gnwri/zein ta\ i)/xnh tw=n qhrama/twn. peri\ *)isidw/rou o( lo/gos.
See also alpha 402.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica.
[2] Diogenes Laertius 7.93. See also Stobaeus, Eclogae 2.61, 2-4 (ed. Wachsmuth), where "tight-wittedness" (a)gxi/noia) is called "knowledge" (e)pisth/mh) instead of "disposition of character" (e(/cis). However, according to the Stoic doctrine described in this line, insofar as a)gxi/noia is a virtue subordinated to prudence (fro/nhsis), it is both a form of knowledge and a disposition of character.
[3] Alexander of Aphrodisias, Commentaries on Aristotle's Topica 93.7.
[4] (alpha 402.) Here in the accusative case, extracted from the quotation which now follows.
[5] Damascius fr.71 Zintzen (31 Asmus), in Photius, Bibliotheke; cf. epsilon 3071, phi 404.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; philosophy
Translated by: William Hutton on 30 October 2000@21:01:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes; cosmetics) on 24 July 2001@04:57:57.
David Whitehead on 24 July 2001@05:12:06.
Marcelo Boeri (Modified translation; augmented note and reference.) on 5 June 2003@16:58:10.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 6 June 2003@02:47:18.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 29 November 2005@21:49:34.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 9 January 2012@07:24:47.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 27 March 2015@00:52:38.
David Whitehead (another note; cosmetics) on 11 April 2015@08:48:36.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 11 April 2015@21:34:06.


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