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Headword: Μετεώρους νῆας
Adler number: mu,773
Translated headword: open-sea ships, ships on the high seas
Vetting Status: high
[A phrase] in Thucydides meaning ones on the ocean and not riding at anchor, but far from land. [The adjective comes] from a metaphor of things being far from land and on a mountain [ὄρος ]. Alternatively from having left the land and staying in the air [ἀήρ ].
Greek Original:
Μετεώρους νῆας: παρὰ Θουκυδίδῃ ἀντὶ τοῦ πελαγίους καὶ μὴ ἐπ' ἀγκυρῶν ἱσταμένας, ἀλλ' ἀπεχούσας τῆς γῆς. ἐκ μεταφορᾶς τῶν ἀπεχόντων τῆς γῆς καὶ ἐν ὄρει ὄντων. ἢ παρὰ τὸ ἀφεῖναι τὴν γῆν καὶ περὶ τὸν ἀέρα λοιπὸν εἶναι.
From the scholia to Thucydides 1.48.2 (web address 1), where the headword phrase -- in the accuative case -- occurs.
For the adjective see already mu 764, mu 770, mu 772, and again mu 774; and generally LSJ s.v. (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; imagery; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 September 2001@03:32:14.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (cosmetics, added links, set status) on 15 September 2003@15:49:01.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 4 January 2005@07:46:32.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 18 October 2005@06:35:23.
Catharine Roth (added cross-references; betacode cosmetics) on 23 January 2006@01:17:32.
David Whitehead on 20 May 2013@04:01:26.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 23 May 2013@01:32:47.


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