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Headword: Ἐπίστη
Adler number: epsilon,2622
Translated headword: you know, you understand; stand on (?)
Vetting Status: high
Second aorist.[1]
[Used] instead of ἐπίστασαι .[2]
Or [sc. like?] put on.[3]
Greek Original:
Ἐπίστη: ἀόριστος δεύτερος. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἐπίστασαι. ἢ ἐπιτίθει.
A short and troubled entry (taken over unchanged by ps.-Zonaras); perhaps the work of more than one hand.
The headword as transmitted, from the verb ἐπίσταμαι (cf. epsilon 2606), is ἐπίστη , but in fact it should almost certainly have an iota subscript, i.e. the second person singular form ἐπίστῃ (and as such is probably one of the many instances of this in the Septuagint, from Genesis 47.5 onwards: so Latte on Hesychius epsilon5242). The connection between ἐπίστῃ and ἐπίστασαι [n. 2 below] is a commonplace in grammarians and lexica, including Choeroboscus: see ps.-Herodian, On verbs ending in -mi 839.45-840.5, and elsewhere; Lexica Segueriana 93.8; Etymologicum Magnum 290.33-41.
[1] Correct elsewhere in the Suda (alpha 1264, epsilon 1031, epsilon 2788, pi 1586, pi 1587, pi 2608, pi 3126), but not here: see above. If, as seems likely, the gloss has intruded here from another entry, the obvious one is epsilon 2623.
[2] See LSJ s.v. ἐπίσταμαι (web address 1): the second person singular present is attested as ἐπίστασαι in Attic (ἐπίστᾳ in poetic Doric, ἐπίστῃ in Theognis, and ἐπίστεαι in Herodotus).
[3] Seemingly an alternative interpretation of the headword as an imperative, with ἐπιτίθει intended as an analogous form rather than a substantive gloss.
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Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 30 October 2007@01:03:01.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 30 October 2007@04:20:13.
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