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Headword: *leipo/meqa
Adler number: lambda,383
Translated headword: we are lost
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] we have been defeated. "No sooner had the praetor announced to the crowds, 'We are lost in a great battle,' than it produced such consternation [that...]."[1]
Also a [sc. phenomenon in] syntax: "prisoners taken were two thousand, less two hundred."[2]
Greek Original:
*leipo/meqa: h(tth/meqa. a(/ma tw=| to\n strathgo\n ei)pei=n toi=s o)/xlois, o(/ti leipo/meqa ma/xh| mega/lh|, thlikau/thn sune/bh gene/sqai diatroph/n. kai\ su/ntacis: e(a/lwsan de\ ai)xma/lwtoi disxi/lioi lei/pontes diakosi/wn.
[1] Polybius 3.85.8 (on the Battle of Lake Trasimene, 217 BCE; web address 1). For the idiom see already lambda 378, with another piece of Polybius.
[2] Quotation unidentifiable -- but for the idiom see generally LSJ s.v. lei/pw, A.II.2.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 September 2001@09:26:51.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added link; cosmetics; set status) on 7 November 2003@18:07:30.
David Whitehead (augmented n.2) on 2 July 2004@07:54:29.
David Whitehead on 17 April 2013@05:36:49.
David Whitehead on 16 May 2016@10:48:01.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 1 May 2020@23:19:40.


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