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Headword: Περιπόλους
Adler number: pi,1260
Translated headword: patrolmen, peripoloi
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the guards, or examiners. From the [verb] περιπολεῖν . Aristophanes in Birds [writes]: "should one not, then, have sent peripoloi [after him]" - in that order, not "should peripoloi not have sent?".[1]
Thucydides [writes]: "they and the peripoloi laid an ambush".[2]
Greek Original:
Περιπόλους: τοὺς φύλακας, ἢ ζητητάς. ἀπὸ τοῦ περιπολεῖν. Ἀριστοφάνης Ὄρνισιν: οὐκοῦν δῆτα περιπόλους ἐχρῆν πέμψαι; τὸ δὲ ἑξῆς, οὐκ ἐχρῆν περιπόλους πέμψαι; Θουκυδίδης: οἱ δὲ καὶ οἱ περίπολοι ἐνήδρευσαν.
See already pi 1259, and again pi 1261.
[1] Aristophanes, Birds 1177-78 (web address 1), with the comment of a scholiast. The Suda's headword, extracted from the passage, is accusative plural.
[2] Thucydides 4.67.2, abridged (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 14 December 2000@08:00:10.
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