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Headword: *)afuh/s
Adler number: alpha,4661
Translated headword: without natural talent, naturally unsuited
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] ignorant, inexperienced.[1]
"But he was not without natural talent at seeing to affairs of generalship."[2]
And Polybius [writes]: "than which a more naturally unsuitable time has simply not occurred."[3]
Greek Original:
*)afuh/s: a)maqh\s, a)/peiros. o( de\ h)=n ou)k a)fuh\s sunidei=n pragma/twn strathgi/as. kai\ *polu/bios: ou(= kairo\s a)fue/steros ou) ge/gonen a(plw=s.
Notes:
LSJ entry at web address 1.
[1] Differently glossed in Hesychius alpha8784.
[2] Quotation unidentifiable. [The translation of it here understands pragma/twn as a partitive genitive after sunidei=n. A possible alternative is to take strathgi/as as accusative plural rather than genitive singular and thus as direct object: "seeing to generalships of affairs". For this cf. Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 12.63: deino\s de\ w)\n sunidei=n pragma/twn pantodapw=n fu/sin. However, "generalships" in such a loose, figurative sense is hard to parallel.]
[3] Polybius fr. 15 B├╝ttner-Wobst (quoted also at alpha 3239).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 14 October 2000@02:29:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 19 March 2001@12:06:05.
Catharine Roth on 19 March 2001@18:42:30.
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David Whitehead (expanded note 2) on 7 March 2011@03:24:42.
David Whitehead (my typos) on 9 May 2012@03:37:32.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 10 May 2012@00:14:06.
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