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Headword: Aelpton
Adler number: alpha,550
Translated headword: beyond expectation, unexpected, unhoped-for
Vetting Status: high
Sophocles [writes]: "nothing is beyond expectation, but the dreadful oath is conquered and so are stubborn minds." Ajax says [this].[1]
*)/aelpton [sc. is the same as] a)ne/lpiston.[2]
Or [something] hard, difficult to manage.[3]
Greek Original:
Aelpton: Sophoklês: ouk est' aelpton ouden, all' halisketai chô deinos horkos kai periskeleis phrenes. Aias legei. Aelpton de anelpiston. ê sklêron, duscheres.
The headword, extracted from the quotation given, is neuter nominative/accusative singular of this adjective.
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 648-649 (web address 1); quoted again, more fully, at pi 1281.
[2] Same gloss in Apollonius the Sophist; cf. Hesychius. See also alpha 551.
[3] In Hesychius, as at pi 1281, this is the gloss for periskele/s.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; imagery; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 11 April 2000@11:21:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (Altered wording, added link.) on 11 September 2000@01:15:33.
Catharine Roth (Improved link.) on 23 January 2001@22:34:04.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 10 June 2003@05:24:36.
Catharine Roth (expanded notes, updated link, added keyword, raised status) on 24 November 2011@18:39:07.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 25 November 2011@03:17:18.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation and note) on 18 December 2013@21:24:44.
David Whitehead on 26 April 2015@06:20:48.


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