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Headword: Ἀλέξασθαι
Adler number: alpha,1130
Translated headword: to ward off
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] to defend.[1]
Xenophon [writes]: "for there was a great difference between starting from [friendly] territory to ward off the enemy and fighting while on the march with the enemy attacking".[2]
Greek Original:
Ἀλέξασθαι: ἐπαμύνειν. Ξενοφῶν: πολὺ γὰρ διέφερεν ἐκ χώρας ὁρμωμένους ἀλέξασθαι ἢ προπορευομένους ἐπιοῦσι τοῖς πολεμίοις μάχεσθαι.
Notes:
The headword is aorist middle infinitive of ἀλέξω . It might be extracted from the quotation given, or else (and more probably?) quoted from Homer, Iliad 13.475; cf. the scholia there.
cf. alpha 1131, alpha 1132, alpha 1133, alpha 1134, alpha 1135, alpha 1136, alpha 1139, alpha 1140.
[1] Similar entry in Hesychius (alpha2871).
[2] Xenophon, Anabasis 3.4.33 (with minor differences).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 3 May 2000@00:52:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added keyword; cosmetics) on 27 January 2001@11:46:49.
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 12 June 2002@06:39:56.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 3 February 2012@07:51:33.
David Whitehead (more x-refs) on 3 February 2012@07:54:02.
David Whitehead on 29 May 2015@11:32:54.

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