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Headword: Νεωτερίζειν
Adler number: nu,244
Translated headword: to attempt something new, to innovate, to violently cause
Vetting Status: high
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.
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For the headword, Adler cites the unpublished Ambrosian Lexicon (184) as a comparandum.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).
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
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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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