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Headword: Ἔγκειται
Adler number: epsilon,96
Translated headword: bears down upon
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning he/she/it] applies pressure, is extremely desirous.[1]
"But Lakhares, when he ran away and was about to be caught, let go the darics bit by bit to the ones bearing down upon him; finally, by means of this ruse, he escaped the enemy."[2]
Greek Original:
Ἔγκειται: ἐπίκειται, λίαν ἐπιθυμητικῶς ἔχει. Λαχάρης δέ, ὁπηνίκα ἀπέδρα, ἁλώσεσθαι μέλλων, τῶν δαρεικῶν κατ' ὀλίγους τοῖς ἐγκειμένοις μεθείς, τελεώτατα τῷ δελεάματι ἐξέφυγε τὸ δυσμενές.
Notes:
The entry brings together glosses on the third-person singular, present, of the verb ἔγκειμαι (reckoned to be quoted from Demosthenes 18.199) and a quotation which includes the present participle (in the dative plural) of the same verb.
[1] Same or similar glossing, variously, in other lexica.
[2] Adler disputes ('falso') Asmus' designation of this quotation as part of fr. 84 of Damascius, Life of Isidore (and it is duly ignored in Zintzen's collection of the fragments). She rightly compares Polyaenus 3.7.1, where just this ruse enables the Athenian general Lachares to flee Athens when it was captured by Demetrios Poliorketes in c.295 BCE; see OCD(4) s.v. Lachares. (For darics see delta 72, delta 73.) There is confusion between this L. and his namesake the Roman-era sophist, for whom see lambda 165 (where part of Damascius fr. 84 Asmus [140 Zintzen] does belong).
Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; economics; historiography; history; rhetoric
Translated by: William Hutton on 15 June 2005@05:30:52.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 15 June 2005@06:23:39.
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David Whitehead (corrected my footnote numbering) on 15 June 2005@09:25:48.
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