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Headword: Autoboei
Adler number: alpha,4485
Translated headword: at the first battle-cry
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] in the battle itself.[1]
Agathias [writes]: "For how was it possible for them, who were few, to withstand the hordes of the enemy and not to be undone by fear at the first battle-cry?"[2]
"They held an assembly and decided to hand over the city at the first battle-cry."[3]
Meaning 'right away', that is, with [the battle cry] still reverberating. Or, while the oxen are still under the yoke.[4]
Greek Original:
Autoboei: en autêi têi machêi. Agathias: pôs gar enên autous oligous ontas enenkein ta plêthê tôn polemiôn kai mê ouchi autoboei diaphtharênai hupo deous; ekklêsiasthentes edogmatizon autoboei paradôsein tên polin. anti tou authêmeron, hoionei enaulon. ê eti tôn boôn en zugôi ontôn.
[1] cf. alpha 4486.
[2] Agathias, Histories 2.20 (p.108 Niebuhr).
[3] An approximation of Theophylact Simocatta, Histories 5.6.9; see Favuzzi [cited under alpha 1990] 55.
[4] The first sentence of this explanatory addendum is broadly paralleled in Hesychius s.v.; the second is etymological nonsense.
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 31 March 2002@23:25:09.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cross-reference, cosmetics) on 1 April 2002@18:26:36.
David Whitehead (added notes and keywords) on 10 April 2002@08:17:51.
David Whitehead (expanded n.3) on 7 June 2010@08:19:04.
David Whitehead (another note; cosmetics) on 3 May 2012@04:22:16.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 11 July 2015@00:23:13.
David Whitehead (coding and other cosmetics) on 11 September 2015@03:34:29.


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