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Headword: *cumfora/n
Adler number: xi,110
Translated headword: accident
Vetting Status: high
['Accident'] is what Thucydides calls misfortune from circumstance rather than failure or trouble from one's own thoughtlessness. For defeats and failures of nature are generally troubles.[1]
Alternatively cumfora/s ['accidents'] [meaning] misfortunes. "For it [sometimes] happens that the accidents of events go no less arbitrarily than the intentions of men."[2]
Greek Original:
*cumfora/n fhsi *qoukudi/dhs th\n a)po\ perista/sews dustuxi/an, kai\ ou)k e)c oi)kei/as a)bouli/as kakopragi/an h)/toi kaki/an. kai\ ga\r ai( th=s fu/sews e)lattw/seis kai\ diaptw/seis kaki/ai pa/ntws ei)si/n. h)\ cumfora/s, ta\s a)potuxi/as. e)nde/xetai ga\r ta\s cumfora\s tw=n pragma/twn ou)x h(=sson a)maqw=s xwrh=sai h)\ dia\ ta\s dianoi/as tou= a)nqrw/pou.
[1] From the scholia to Thucydides 1.127.2, where the headword, in the accusative case, occurs (web address 1).
[2] Thucydides 1.140.1 (web address 2), cited with h)\ dia\ rather than h)\ kai\, as in modern editions.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography
Translated by: James L. P. Butrica ✝ on 18 February 2000@13:27:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (suuplied headword; added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 19 June 2002@03:11:36.
Catharine Roth (betacode cosmetics, keyword) on 26 December 2007@23:58:44.
Catharine Roth on 27 December 2007@00:03:10.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, added links, raised status) on 28 December 2007@17:43:24.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1 and keywords) on 30 December 2007@04:10:48.
William Hutton (minor modifications headword, translation and notes) on 30 March 2008@06:52:24.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 20 July 2013@23:40:24.


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