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Headword: *)akhruktei/
Adler number: alpha,870
Translated headword: unheralded
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] without a herald.
"Having taken prisoners-of-war unheralded, the Romans voted a war against them."[1]
Greek Original:
*)akhruktei/: a)/neu kh/rukos. oi( de\ *(rwmai=oi tou\s ai)xmalw/tous labo/ntes a)khruktei\ po/lemon au)toi=s e)yhfi/santo.
"Without a flag of truce" is the LSJ translation of this adverb, which reflects modern practices. Having no flags (in this context at any rate) the ancients demarcated states of peace and war by the presence or absence of "heralds", kerykes, as diplomatic intermediaries. See further, alpha 871.
[1] Cassius Dio 8.36.8 ('them' are the Samnites); see also alpha 2821, omicron 984, pi 376.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 6 November 2000@23:17:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added note and keyword) on 14 February 2001@08:12:56.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 5 November 2006@06:51:55.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword; tweaks) on 25 January 2012@09:28:37.
David Whitehead on 11 May 2015@10:31:45.


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