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Headword: *)/amaxon
Adler number: alpha,1514
Translated headword: impossible, unconquerable
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] difficult to overcome. Pindar [writes]: "[it is] impossible to conceal one's inherent nature."[1]
Aelian [writes]: "they brought back an impossible multitude of fishes and raised up a trophy and erected altars."[2]
And elsewhere: "each man was assigned to explain his own deed. For they saw that the king/emperor was impossibly eager for this."[3]
And elsewhere: "there was a priestess for the god, of an impossible beauty."[4]
And elsewhere: "when the unexpected stormcloud had burst, an impossible mass of snow fell down."[5]
And elsewhere: "not an impossible sovereignty."[6]
And elsewhere: "inflamed with an unconquerable arrogance, he despised the fact of still being mortal."[7]
Greek Original:
*)/amaxon: duskatama/xhton. *pi/ndaros: a)/maxon de\ kru/yai to\ suggene\s h)=qos. *ai)liano/s: i)xqu/wn de\ a)phne/gkanto plh=qos a)/maxon kai\ a)ne/sthsan tro/paion kai\ bwmou\s w)/rqwsan. kai\ au)=qis: e)ti/qeto e(/kastos to\ e)/rgon e(autou= a)podei=cai. e(w/rwn ga\r to\n basile/a speu/donta tou=to a)ma/xws. kai\ au)=qis: h)=n de\ i(e/reia tw=| qew=| ka/llos a)/maxos. kai\ au)=qis: a)dokh/tou xeimw=nos katarrage/ntos kathne/xqh plh=qos xio/nos a)/maxon. kai\ au)=qis: ou) dunastei/a a)/maxos. kai\ au)=qis: e)s u(peroyi/an de\ e)cafqei\s a)/maxon, tou= me\n e)/ti a)/nqrwpos ei)=nai katefro/nei.
The headword, presumably extracted from the first quotation given, is neuter singular of this adjective. For its more literal sense, see alpha 1515.
[1] Pindar, Olympian 13.16 (web address 1 below). Entry so far = Photius, Lexicon alpha1149 Theodoridis.
[2] Aelian fr. 135 Domingo-Forasté (132 Hercher).
[3] Quotation unidentifiable.
[4] Aelian fr. 53a D-F (50 Hercher).
[5] Aelian fr. 68c D-F (65 Hercher).
[6] Damascius, quoted from epsilon 1088.
[7] Aelian fr. 89 D-F (86 Hercher), on Clearchus; see in full at kappa 1714.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; history; poetry; religion; women; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 23 March 2001@19:24:59.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 9 July 2002@10:28:04.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, upgraded link) on 14 September 2010@22:12:33.
David Whitehead (added primary note and more keywords) on 15 September 2010@03:27:11.
Catharine Roth (tweaks and cosmetics) on 13 November 2010@23:16:52.
Catharine Roth (updated references) on 10 February 2012@23:02:31.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note; cosmetics) on 12 February 2012@08:39:45.
David Whitehead on 20 August 2013@09:01:22.
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