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Headword: Ἐπιτροπή
Adler number: epsilon,2732
Translated headword: arbitration, adjudication, guardianship
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] aberration.[1]
"Endeavouring to have himself sent to the Lapatenes and to talk about an adjudication, Lucius was unprepared for what the future held."[2]
Greek Original:
Ἐπιτροπή: παρατροπή. ὁ δὲ Λεύκιος προχειριζόμενος διαπέμπεσθαι πρὸς τοὺς Λαπατηνοὺς καὶ λαλεῖν ὑπὲρ ἐπιτροπῆς ἀπαράσκευος ἦν εἰς τὸ μέλλον.
Notes:
cf. generally epsilon 2733.
[1] The headword is common in Polybius (cf. n.2), but neither there nor in other writers does it bear the attested sense of this glossing word. Perhaps its presence here is due to a misunderstanding of a discussion on the formation of nouns ending in -τροπή (cf. chi 461), or from a misreading of the sort of thing we find in Etymologicum Magnum 367.14: ἐπιτροπή: οἱ μὲν παρὰ τὸ ἐπιτροπεύειν .
[2] Polybius fr. 151 Büttner-Wobst. Büttner-Wobst notes (533-534) that Ursinus (Fulvio Orsini, 1529-1600) attributed this fragment to Polybius. Schweighäuser was doubtful about the attribution, but Büttner-Wobst accepts the fragment as genuinely Polybian (ibid.). Without a context it is unclear which 'Lucius' this is; and the 'Lapatenes' are otherwise unattested, but possibly connected with the headland called Lapatia Korou in NW Spain (Ptolemy 2.6.4, Barrington Atlas map 24 grid D1) or with a people named in a catalogue of Asian folk in the Alexander Romance (recension α ) 1.2.2 (Kroll obelizes this word as corrupt, however). Walbank notes (752-753) that Schweighäuser tentatively suggested that the Lapateni might be the Ligurian Lapacini (Livy 41.19, web address 1).
References:
T. Büttner-Wobst, ed., Polybii Historiae, vol. IV, (Leipzig 1904)
F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, vol. III, (Oxford 1979)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; law
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 March 2008@09:28:07.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (tweaked headwords and tr., augmented notes, added keywords, set status) on 16 March 2008@16:44:08.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 17 March 2008@04:16:05.
David Whitehead on 22 October 2012@06:16:54.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added map reference, added link) on 20 September 2018@13:07:40.

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