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Headword: *au)tomaxei=n
Adler number: alpha,4509
Translated headword: to fight one's own battle
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to go to law on one's own behalf, not through someone else.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the aorist infinitive] au)tomaxh=sai: when someone lays claim to a house or a plot of land, and the seller is of sufficient means to appear [sc. to be able] to pay the penalty and to settle the lawsuit against the claimant, but the possessor of the house or plot wishes there to be a private trial against the disputant: this is called au)tomaxh=sai.[2]
Greek Original:
*au)tomaxei=n: to\ di' e(autou= dika/zesqai, a)lla\ mh\ di' e(te/rou. kai\ *au)tomaxh=sai: o(/tan a)ntipoih=tai/ tis oi)ki/as h)\ xwri/ou, kai\ ei)/h o( peprakw\s me\n a)cio/xrews w(/ste dokei=n a)poti=sai th\n zhmi/an kai\ suni/stasqai th\n di/khn pro\s to\n a)ntipoiou/menon, bou/loito de\ o( diakate/xwn th\n oi)ki/an h)\ to\ xwri/on i)/dion au(tw=| gene/sqai a)gw=na pro\s to\n a)mfisbhtou=nta, tou=to au)tomaxh=sai kalei=tai.
[1] Abridged from Harpokration s.v., citing Lysias fr. 102 Sauppe (now 120 Carey OCT); cf. alpha 4491.
[2] Despite what this supplementary paragraph of the entry implies, it is most unlikely that the aorist infinitive of au)tomaxe/w had a more specialized meaning than the present infinitive; and the rigmarole in this second paragraph anyway shows up poorly against the equivalent material (presented exempli gratia) in Harpokration.
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; imagery; law; military affairs; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 11 October 2000@05:11:41.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 28 August 2002@06:14:41.
William Hutton (modified translation, added keyword, set status) on 30 June 2003@07:04:56.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 July 2011@06:36:36.
David Whitehead on 11 September 2015@04:20:00.


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