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Headword: *)astemfe/a
Adler number: alpha,4229
Translated headword: unshaken
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] unmoved,[1] solid; or standing for a)stemfh=.[2]
"Unshaken foot-trap and reed catches."[3]
And elsewhere: "these men, unshaken and disdainful of rhetoric and poetry, do not seem to me to be willing to be acquainted with god and men. In poverty of spirit [they are] not adequate even in small things."[4]
Greek Original:
*)astemfe/a: a)metaki/nhton, be/baion: h)\ a)nti\ tou= a)stemfh=. a)stemfh= poda/grhn kai\ do/nakas a)ntukth=ras. kai\ au)=qis: oi( de\ a)stemfei=s ou(=toi kai\ u(pero/ptai r(htorikh=s kai\ poih/sews ou)/ moi dokou=sin e(ko/ntes ei)=nai sune/sesqai qew=| kai\ a)nqrw/pois. peni/a| de\ fu/sews mhde\ ta\ smikra\ i(kanoi/.
[1] Also in Hesychius; from the scholia to Homer, Iliad 2.344, where the headword (accusative singular of this adjective) occurs.
[2] i.e. the contracted form, as in the quotation about to be given.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.296.1 (Leonidas of Tarentum), a retiring hunter dedicates his equipment to Hermes; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 123), (vol. II, 358-359), and further extracts from this epigram at alpha 522 and tau 398. The poda/gra (foot-trap, here in the accusative singular) is a type of snare, consisting of a rope circle attached within a wooden frame and placed over a hole; cf. Gow and Page (vol. II, 358). It is described in detail by Pollux Onomasticon 5.32. Gow and Page observe (ibid.) that it is not at all clear what type of instruments the a)ntukth=res (here in the accusative plural) happen to be, and scholars have suggested numerous emendations for the Suda's reading. Gow and Page propose (ibid.) that, based on the description of woven nets for entangling game animals at Pollux 5.31, the word might rather be a)ntisth=ras, and the sense is of an a)ntisth/rigma, a support or prop for such a reed mesh.
[4] Synesius, Dio (PG 66.1125c-d).
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Keywords: botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; poetry; religion; rhetoric; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 January 2002@14:27:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplemented translation; added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 6 January 2002@06:45:45.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 25 April 2012@08:06:28.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 16 July 2014@00:17:29.
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David Whitehead on 2 September 2015@03:14:18.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 5 December 2015@01:13:32.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.3, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keywords) on 12 April 2021@13:27:35.


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