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Headword: *polutele/s
Adler number: pi,2008
Translated headword: costly, valuable
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] expensive.[1] Thucydides [sc. uses the word].[2] "For to keep them for the war [arising] out of Dekeleia seemed costly."[3]
Also [sc. attested is] 'costly',[4] [meaning ones] involving much expense. For 'cost' is an expense.[5]
Also [sc. attested is the related noun] 'costliness'.
Things involving much expense [are] costly, just as things involving no expense are cost-free.[6]
Greek Original:
*polutele/s: dapanhro/n. *qoukudi/dhs. to\ ga\r e)/xein au)tou\s pro\s to\n e)k th=s *dekelei/as po/lemon polutele\s e)fai/neto. kai\ *polutele/si, poludapa/nois. te/los ga\r to\ dapa/nhma. kai\ *polute/leia. o(/ti polutelh= ta\ poluda/pana, w(s a)telh= ta\ a)da/pana.
[1] = Aelius Dionysius 1.16 (pi49). The headword, extracted from Thucydides (see below), is neuter nominative/accusative singular of this adjective.
[2] This far the entry = Photius pi1061 Theodoridis; and cf. the scholia to the Thucydides passage about to be quoted.
[3] Thucydides 7.27.2, on events of 413 BCE: Dekeleia in northern Attica (cf. delta 191) had been fortified and garrisoned by the Peloponnesians, but Thracian mercenary peltasts -- the 'them' of this passage -- were too expensive a defence (at a drachma a day) against this.
[4] Dative plural of the same adjective. It is glossed as in the scholia to Thucydides 1.10.2, where it occurs; see also 2.65.2, 6.31.3.
[5] Again under tau 281.
[6] Copied from alpha 4339; cf. Pausanias the Atticist alpha116 = Synagoge, Photius alpha3069.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: William Hutton on 9 January 2013@10:50:54.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (supplied headword translation, set status) on 10 January 2013@00:12:47.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 January 2013@03:24:02.
David Whitehead on 9 October 2013@06:24:56.


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