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Headword: Νεωτερίζειν
Adler number: nu,244
Translated headword: to attempt something new, to innovate, to violently cause
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Thucydides [writes]: "during the day the stifling heat was oppressive, but, with the abrupt change [sc. of temperature], autumnal and cold nights were bringing something new, illness."[1]
"Not even for the chance of renewing the situation was the barbarian prepared to bear the responsibility, as if he had fought a legal and public battle."[2]
Greek Original:
Νεωτερίζειν. Θουκυδίδης: τῆς ἡμέρας τὸ πνῖγος ἐλύπει, νύκτες δὲ μετοπωριναὶ καὶ ψυχραὶ τῇ μεταβολῇ ἀσθένειαν ἐνεωτέριζον. ὁ δὲ βάρβαρος οὐδὲ ἐπὶ τὴν νεωτερίζουσαν τὰ πράγματα τύχην ἔσχεν ἀνενεγκεῖν τὴν αἰτίαν, ὡς ἂν ἔννομόν τινα καὶ ὕπαιθρον ἀγωνισάμενος μάχην.
Notes:
The unglossed headword is the present active infinitive of the verb νεωτερίζω , I innovate; cf. LSJ s.v., nu 243 (and cf. nu 245). In the quotations given, it appears first in the imperfect indicative active, third person plural (= first person singular) form and secondly as the present active participle, feminine accusative singular.
For the headword, Adler cites the unpublished Ambrosian Lexicon (184) as a comparandum.
[1] An approximation of Thucydides 7.87.1 (web address 1), describing harsh conditions among prisoners-or-war working the quarries of Syracuse.
[2] The quotation is not securely identifiable, but, as Adler indicates, it was attributed to Eunapius by Wyttenbach (Boissonade & Wyttenbach, p. 537). It occurs as part of Eunapius fr. 19 FHG (4.22), and its subordinate clause also appears, approximately, at upsilon 175 (end). Blockley (pp. 36-7, p. 486) does not include it in his selection of Eunapian fragments. Suda ms F omitted this quotation too (so Adler).
References:
J.F. Boissonade and D.F. Wyttenbach, Eunapii Sardiani: Vitas Sophistarum et Fragmenta Historiarum, Amsterdam: P. den Hengst & Son, 1822
R.C. Blockley, The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus, vol. II, Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1983
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; imagery; law; medicine; military affairs; science and technology
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 18 June 2008@18:44:26.
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David Whitehead (modified keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 19 June 2008@03:16:18.
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