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Headword: Περιπλεῖν
Adler number: pi,1253
Translated headword: to sail around
Vetting Status: high
Περιπλεῖν ["sailing around/outflanking"] and διεκπλεῖν ["sailing out through"] differ in Thucydides. For περιπλεῖν [means] to hold a position in the open space, as if the ship is dancing and turning about as she wishes. And the prefix περι indicates this very thing, running about in a circle. But διεκπλεῖν [means] cutting the line of the enemy and going behind it.
Greek Original:
Περιπλεῖν καὶ διεκπλεῖν διαφέρει παρὰ Θουκυδίδῃ: τὸ μὲν γὰρ περιπλεῖν ἐν τῇ εὐρυχωρία καθίστασθαι, οἷον χορευούσης καὶ ἀναστρεφομένης ἐφ' ὅπερ βούλεται τῆς νεώς. καὶ ἡ περι πρόθεσις αὐτὸ τοῦτο δηλοῖ, τὸ ἐν κύκλῳ περιθέειν. τὸ δὲ διεκπλεῖν, τὸ τεμόντα τὴν τάξιν τῶν ἐναντίων εἰς τοὐπίσω γενέσθαι.
From a scholion on Thucydides 7.36.4: the Syracusans plan to prevent the Athenians from either διεκπλεῖν or περιπλεῖν (web address 1). On the diekplous see already delta 910 and the note there.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; imagery; military affairs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 24 November 2011@01:05:53.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; another keyword) on 24 November 2011@03:46:20.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note, added link) on 24 November 2011@12:04:30.
David Whitehead on 26 September 2013@07:28:14.


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