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Headword: Αἴθειν
Adler number: alphaiota,119
Translated headword: to set ablaze
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to burn.[1]
"As soon as he invaded the enemy territory, he started giving the order to set the land ablaze and destroy it."[2]
Greek Original:
Αἴθειν: καίειν. ὡς δὲ ἐνέβαλεν εἰς τὴν πολεμίαν, παρεκελεύετο αἴθειν καὶ φθείρειν τὴν χώραν.
[1] Same equivalence in Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon (13.30) and also in Hesychius, where Latte regards the headword infinitive as extracted from Euripides, Rhesus 78. Other possibilities include line 823 of that play, and Sophocles, Philoctetes 1033. See also the next note.
[2] A close approximation of Xenophon, Anabasis 4.7.20.
Keywords: biography; definition; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; tragedy
Translated by: William Hutton on 30 October 2002@21:23:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword) on 31 October 2002@03:53:10.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaking) on 14 May 2012@05:49:25.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 19 May 2012@02:36:48.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 23 November 2015@05:48:11.


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