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Headword: *)epixeirhte/a
Adler number: epsilon,2774
Translated headword: must be attempted
Vetting Status: high
[e)pixeirhte/a is used] instead of e)pixeirhte/on,[1] like tolmhte/a ["must be dared"]. For Thucydides loves things like these.[2]
Greek Original:
*)epixeirhte/a: a)nti\ tou= e)pixeirhte/on, w(s to\ tolmhte/a. filei= ga\r *qoukudi/dhs ta\ toiau=ta.
= Synagoge epsilon778; Photius, Lexicon epsilon1805; cf. scholia to Thucydides ad locc. (see note 2 below). For something similar see alpha 537.
[1] This is simply the neuter singular form of the headword, which is either neuter plural or feminine singular (as is tolmhte/a coming up). The point is that verbal adjectives of obligation in -te/os occur more frequently in the neuter singular in impersonal construction, whereas Thucydides likes to make them agree with with the subject of the verbal idea inherent in the adjective.
[2] Specifically, Thucydides uses the headword at 1.118.2 (web address 1) and 2.3.3 (web address 2); however, he never uses tolmhte/a.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography
Translated by: William Hutton on 18 December 2007@23:37:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 19 December 2007@04:03:41.
William Hutton (augmented note) on 19 December 2007@08:52:36.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 19 December 2007@18:26:11.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 22 October 2012@09:17:29.
David Whitehead (coding) on 3 February 2016@07:53:55.


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