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Headword: Εἰκάζων
Adler number: epsiloniota,57
Translated headword: conjecturing, comparing
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning he] supposing, or likening.[1]
"She had, as covering for the face, a small apparitions[sic], intended to make her shape more a matter of conjecture than precise observation".[2]
And elsewhere: "he was regarded as the cleverest of his contemporaries, in being most competent at conjecturing [about] what was unclear".[3]
Greek Original:
Εἰκάζων: οἰόμενος, ἢ ὁμοιῶν. εἶχε δὲ προκάλυμμα τοῦ προσώπου φάσματα μικρὸν ὡς εἰκάζεσθαι μᾶλλόν τι ἢ ἀτρεκέως καθορᾶσθαι τὴν μορφὴν αὐτῆς. καὶ αὖθις: δεινότατος ἔδοξε τῶν καθ' αὑτὸν οἷα δὴ ἱκανώτατος τὸ ἀφανὲς εἰκάσαι.
Notes:
[1] For this present participle, and the same pair of glosses (each corresponding to one of the headword translations, and cf. LSJ s.v.), see Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon. If it is quoted from Plato -- not always a certainty with Timaeus -- the likely context is Meno 98B.
[2] Quotation unidentifiable. (Adler suggests Aelian.) The transmitted plural φάσματα may be corrected either to the singular φάσμα or better (as suggested by an anonymous commentator in Adler's copy), ὕφασμα (upsilon 702), i.e. woven cloth.
[3] Arrian on Demosthenes: see delta 455.
Keywords: biography; clothing; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; philosophy; rhetoric; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 24 August 2005@08:28:14.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (typo, status) on 24 August 2005@11:24:25.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 25 August 2005@03:07:36.
Ross Scaife ✝ (testing) on 31 August 2005@12:23:40.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 15 February 2011@09:44:52.
David Whitehead on 23 November 2012@04:47:32.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 27 December 2012@00:04:16.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 22 December 2014@00:59:14.

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