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Headword: Πειράζειν
Adler number: pi,1451
Translated headword: to make an attempt
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to make a beginning. "Scipio the Roman gave this advice: either not to make an attempt or [sc. to do so] in such a way as to match the goal to the action by every possible means. For to make an attempt twice with the same objective makes it become hazardous and, at the same time, completely contemptible".[1]
Greek Original:
Πειράζειν: κατάρχεσθαι. Σκιπίων ὁ Ῥωμαῖος συνεβούλευσεν οὕτως ἢ μὴ πειράζειν ἢ οὕτως ὥστε ἐκ παντὸς τρόπου τέλος ἐπιθεῖ- ναι τῇ πράξει. τὸ γὰρ δὶς πρὸς τὸν αὐτὸν πειράζειν ἅμα μὲν ἐπισφαλὲς, ἅμα δ' εὐκαταφρόνητον γενέσθαι ποιεῖ παντελῶς.
[1] Polybius fr. 195 B-W. For the sentiment, cf. generally mu 972.
Keywords: biography; definition; ethics; historiography; history
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 March 2010@08:59:59.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 14 April 2010@00:36:25.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 14 April 2010@03:15:32.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 29 September 2011@08:16:54.
David Whitehead on 2 October 2013@07:13:42.


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