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Headword: *grammh/
Adler number: gamma,424
Translated headword: line
Vetting Status: high
A line is the limit of a surface, or a length having no breadth; that which has only length.[1]
Also the beginning, the starting gate, the turning post. Aristophanes [writes]: "the line [is] right here." Meaning beginning, starting-gate, the so-called turning-post. From a metaphor of runners. "Forward now, my spirit, the line [is] right here."[2]
Greek Original:
*grammh/: grammh/ e)stin e)pifanei/as pe/ras, h)\ mh=kos a)plate\s, to\ mh=kos mo/non e)/xon. kai\ h( a)rxh\, h( a)fethri/a, h( balbi/s. *)aristofa/nhs: grammh\ d' au(thi/+. a)nti\ tou= a)rxh\, a)fethri/a, h( legome/nh balbi/s. e)k metafora=s tw=n drome/wn. pro/baine nu=n, w)= qume/: grammh\ d' au(thi/+.
[1] Stoic doctrine from Diogenes Laertius 7.135.
[2] Aristophanes, Acharnians 483 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there; cf. generally beta 69.
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Keywords: athletics; comedy; definition; imagery; mathematics; philosophy; science and technology
Translated by: William Hutton on 16 December 2003@17:11:10.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 17 December 2003@04:35:25.
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