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Headword: Γραμμή
Adler number: gamma,424
Translated headword: line
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A line is the limit of a surface, or a length having no breadth; that which has only length.[1]
Also the beginning, the starting gate, the turning post. Aristophanes [writes]: "the line [is] right here." Meaning beginning, starting-gate, the so-called turning-post. From a metaphor of runners. "Forward now, my spirit, the line [is] right here."[2]
Greek Original:
Γραμμή: γραμμή ἐστιν ἐπιφανείας πέρας, ἢ μῆκος ἀπλατὲς, τὸ μῆκος μόνον ἔχον. καὶ ἡ ἀρχὴ, ἡ ἀφετηρία, ἡ βαλβίς. Ἀριστοφάνης: γραμμὴ δ' αὑτηί̈. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἀρχὴ, ἀφετηρία, ἡ λεγομένη βαλβίς. ἐκ μεταφορᾶς τῶν δρομέων. πρόβαινε νῦν, ὦ θυμέ: γραμμὴ δ' αὑτηί̈.
Notes:
[1] Stoic doctrine from Diogenes Laertius 7.135.
[2] Aristophanes, Acharnians 483 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there; cf. generally beta 69.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: athletics; comedy; definition; imagery; mathematics; philosophy; science and technology
Translated by: William Hutton on 16 December 2003@17:11:10.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 17 December 2003@04:35:25.
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