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Headword: *kaxe/ktai
Adler number: kappa,1151
Translated headword: disaffected, sickly
Vetting Status: high
"In truth there existed among them disaffected [men], addicted to change."
Greek Original:
*kaxe/ktai: tai=s de\ a)lhqei/ais u(ph=rxon e)n au)toi=s kaxe/ktai metabolh=s oi)kei=oi.
The headword, a nominative plural, is presumably extracted from the quotation given.
The quotation itself was attributed by Bernhardy to Polybius, presumably on the strength of other passages in that author which use the headword kaxe/kths in this applied (non-medical) way: see LSJ s.v., and cf. kappa 1152. But Adler ventured 'fort. Dam.', and it is accepted by Zintzen as Damascius, Life of Isidore fr.388.
The allusion to "change" may be a euphemism for "death" (LSJ. s.v. metabolh/ II.4); alternatively, constitutional/political revolution.
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; imagery; medicine; philosophy; politics
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 14 October 2008@08:48:50.
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