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Headword: Alkê
Adler number: alpha,1277
Translated headword: might
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] strength, power.[1]
Hesiod [writes]: "for the Olympian gave might to the sons of Aeacus, intelligence to the sons of Amythaon, and wealth to the sons of Atreus."[2]
And Polybius [writes]: "for the might of words also knows [how] to disdain death."[3]
Greek Original:
Alkê: ischus, dunamis. Hêsiodos: alkên men gar edôken Olumpios Aiakidêisi, noun d' Amuthaonidais, plouton de per' Atreidêisi. kai Polubios: oide gar kai logôn alkê thanatou kataphronein.
[1] Similar glossing in other lexica, and cf. also the scholia to Homer, Iliad 4.245.
[2] Hesiod fr. 203 Merkelbach-West (in Nicolaus of Damascus FGrH 90 F33), on Zeus.
[3] Polybius fr. 5 Büttner-Wobst. Büttner-Wobst notes (p. 514) that this fragment is in fact Theophylact Simocatta, Histories 5.5.1.
C. de Boor, "Suidas und die Konstantinsche Exzerptsammlung I." Byzantinische Zeitschrift 21 (1912) 418
T. Büttner-Wobst, ed., Polybii Historiae, vol. IV, (Leipzig 1904)
Keywords: definition; economics; epic; ethics; historiography; imagery; mythology; poetry
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 26 August 2000@23:30:27.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (Added keywords.) on 29 August 2000@01:04:01.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 24 June 2002@04:35:09.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 4 December 2005@08:37:33.
Catharine Roth (bibliography) on 26 December 2009@19:47:35.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 27 December 2009@00:34:18.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 27 December 2009@04:48:11.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaks) on 7 February 2012@06:09:17.
Catharine Roth (added a keyword) on 7 June 2015@00:24:08.
David Whitehead on 7 June 2015@10:25:01.
Ronald Allen (cosmetics, added to bibliography, augmented n.3) on 15 May 2018@22:04:59.
Ronald Allen (bibliographical form) on 5 June 2018@23:37:36.


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