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Headword: Ἐσωματοποίει
Adler number: epsilon,3174
Translated headword: was giving body to
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] was shaping.[1] Polybius [writes]: "as if both an accident and some kind of chance was giving body to the deeds of Scipio, so that they always appeared more notable and greater than the expectation."[2]
Greek Original:
Ἐσωματοποίει: ἔπλαττε. Πολύβιος: ὡσανεὶ καὶ τὸ αὐτόματον καὶ τύχη τις ἐσωματοποίει τὰς τοῦ Σκιπίωνος πράξεις, ὥστ' ἐπιφανεστέρας καὶ μείζονας ἀεὶ φαίνεσθαι τῆς προσδοκίας.
[1] The headword is third person singular, imperfect, of σωματοποιέω (cf. sigma 839, sigma 840, sigma 841, and esp. sigma 842 for the same form); presumably extracted from the quotation given.
[2] Polybius fr. 47 Büttner-Wobst. (LSJ s.v. III.2 obscures its root sense here with 'exalt, magnify'.) See also sigma 842, noted already, for another fr. of Polybius. It is unclear to which Scipio the present fragment refers. Büttner-Wobst notes (520) that Schweighäuser thought that it concerned Scipio Africanus the Elder (Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, 236-183 BCE; cf. OCD(4) s.v. p.382). However, Büttner-Wobst also cites (ibid.), Nissen's suggestion (276) that the fragment refers to Scipio Africanus the Younger (Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus Africanus, 185/4-129 BCE; cf. OCD(4) p.381). Büttner-Wobst further notes (520) that Polybius was indeed sufficiently familiar with Scipio the Younger (Polybius 36.8, web address 1) so as to justify the fragment's personal characterization.
T. Büttner-Wobst, ed., Polybii Historiae, vol. IV, (Leipzig 1904)
H. Nissen, "Die Oekonomie der Geschichte des Polybios", in F. Ritschl and A. Klette (eds.), Museum für Philologie, vol. 26, (Frankfurt am Main 1871) 241-282
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; history; imagery
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 21 January 2008@01:33:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics; augmented notes) on 21 January 2008@03:08:19.
David Whitehead on 31 October 2012@08:10:21.
David Whitehead on 16 February 2016@03:56:44.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography) on 22 September 2018@23:16:03.
Ronald Allen (further expanded n.2, added link) on 25 September 2018@15:22:49.


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