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Headword: *)apokinduneu/ontes
Adler number: alpha,3352
Translated headword: engaging in a hopeless venture
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning they] being [sc. too] bold, flinching away.[1]
"Sertorius, the general of the Romans, although the Iberians had become rash as a result of their large measure of success, never ventured to engage in a hopeless undertaking."[2]
Greek Original:
*)apokinduneu/ontes: a)potolmw=ntes, a)podeiliw=ntes. o( de\ *sertw/rios, o( tw=n *(rwmai/wn strathgo\s, kai/per qrase/ws tw=n *)ibh/rwn e)k tou= ta\ plei/w katorqou=n e)xo/ntwn, ou)k a)pokinduneu=sai/ pote e)to/lmhsen.
The headword participle is evidently quoted from somewhere (other than the quotation given, which has the corresponding aorist infinitive) but is otherwise unattested. For this verb see generally LSJ s.v. (web address 1).
[2] This quotation (again at sigma 255) must come from a history of Spain in the C1 BCE and the campaigning of Quintus Sertorius (OCD(4) p.1354) there. Adler tentatively assigned it to Appian, on no stated basis. Now Favuzzi [see under alpha 1596] 211-212 finds vocabulary-based grounds for an attribution to John of Antioch, drawing on Cassius Dio.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 24 October 2001@15:56:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes; added keywords) on 25 October 2001@03:35:59.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 27 October 2001@19:58:46.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 9 February 2011@07:46:45.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 2 April 2012@10:02:37.
David Whitehead (expanded and modified n.2) on 4 June 2013@05:51:52.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@08:03:39.
David Whitehead on 28 August 2015@03:23:51.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 16 September 2015@00:05:16.
Catharine Roth (another tweak) on 16 September 2015@15:09:48.


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