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Headword: Ἀχανὲς πέλαγος
Adler number: alpha,4670
Translated headword: yawning sea
Vetting Status: high
['Yawning sea'] and [sc. yawning] plain: that which is gaping wide open. "Impassable swamps enveloped [them], and moreover a yawning expanse of plain with no way out, on which more tamarisk shrubs than trees had been planted, and the denseness of the wood [was] most formidable."[1]
Also [sc. attested is the plural] ἀχανεῖς , [meaning] unclear, unlit.
Also [sc. attested is] ἀχανής , [meaning] the man not [speaking] with his mouth open, and voiceless, the mute, the man afflicted with silence.
Greek Original:
Ἀχανὲς πέλαγος καὶ πεδίον: τὸ ἐπιπολὺ κεχηνός. τέλματα δύσπορα διαδέχεται, καὶ ἐπὶ τούτοις ἀχανὲς καὶ ἀνέξοδον πεδίου βάθος, ἐν ᾧ μυρίκαι τε δένδρων μείζους ἐπεπήγεσαν, καὶ τὸ συνεχὲς τῆς ὕλης φοβερώτατον. καὶ Ἀχανεῖς, ἀφανεῖς, ἀφεγγεῖς. καὶ Ἀχανής, ὁ μὴ κεχηνὼς, καὶ ἄφωνος, ὁ ἐνεὸς, ὁ ἐκπεπληγμένος σιωπῇ.
Similar material, variously, in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon. The twin headword phrases are perhaps quoted from Plutarch; he uses both of them, the first especially copiously.
[1] The source of this quotation (cf. mu 1437) is uncertain, but Adler mentions the link made by one of her predecessors, Bernhardy, with pi 1255, and attributes it to Iamblichus. The Teubner editor E. Habrich (fr. 125) expresses doubt, and Stephens and Winkler (Berkeley and Los Angeles 1995) do not include it among the fragments of Iamblichus.
Keywords: botany; definition; geography; imagery; medicine
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 June 2001@02:46:08.
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David Whitehead (augmented note; added keyword; cosmetics) on 14 June 2001@06:34:50.
Joseph L. Rife (translation and note) on 10 September 2001@15:52:14.
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David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 21 January 2007@09:53:56.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; betacode and other cosmetics) on 9 May 2012@06:00:48.
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