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Headword: Ἐπιχειρήσειν
Adler number: epsilon,2773
Translated headword: to make an attempt on
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to attack. "He wrote that he was intending to make an attempt on Singara,[1] and send infantry sufficient for that purpose."[2]
Greek Original:
Ἐπιχειρήσειν: ἐπιβαλέσθαι. ἔγραφεν ἐπιχειρήσειν μέλλειν τοῖς Σιγγάροις καὶ ἐπὶ τῷδε πέμπειν πεζοὺς ἀποχρῶντας.
The headword, presumably extracted from the quotation given, is future infinitive -- hard to render in idiomatic English -- of the verb ἐπιχειρέω (epsilon 2770, epsilon 2771).
[1] Or else, if this is masculine rather than neuter, 'on the Singaroi'. Either way, see sigma 366 (for present-day Sinjar, in Iraq).
[2] Arrian, Parthica fr. 50. Its conjunction of ἐπιχειρήσειν with μέλλειν might look tautological, but see generally LSJ s.v. μέλλω I.c.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: William Hutton on 18 December 2007@23:22:17.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 19 December 2007@04:00:49.
David Whitehead (expansions to notes) on 22 October 2012@09:12:41.


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