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Headword: Πρόσισχε
Adler number: pi,2702
Translated headword: proffer
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The [word that means] offer. Cratinus [writes]: "and don't proffer [it?] to foreign cowherds."[1] And Eupolis: "proffer your attention in this direction."[2] And Thucydides [book] 3: "and those from the city held forth [signal-fires]."[3] Likewise too ὑπίσχομαι ('I undertake'), the [verb that is the same as] ὑπισχνοῦμαι , [is used by] both the tragedians[4] and Aristophanes: "I undertake to take part in this business."[5]
Greek Original:
Πρόσισχε: τὸ πρόσεχε. Κρατῖνος: καὶ μὴ πρόσισχε βαρβάροισι βουκόλοις. καὶ Εὔπολις: πρόσισχε τὸν νοῦν τῇδε. καὶ Θουκυδίδης γ#: παρανίσχον δὲ καὶ οἱ ἐκ τῆς πόλεως. οὕτως δὲ καὶ ὑπίσχομαι, τὸ ὑπισχνοῦμαι οἵ τε τραγικοί, καὶ Ἀριστοφάνης: τὸ πρᾶγμα τοῦτο συλλαβεῖν ὑπίσχομαι.
Notes:
= Photius, Lexicon pi1331 Theodoridis (but here slightly expanded); identified by Wentzel and Erbse as coming from Aelius Dionysius (pi67).
The entry gathers a number of examples of verbs in which the common verbal element -εχ- ('have'/'hold') is replaced by its less common reduplicated by-form -ισχ- . The close relationship between these words is difficult to maintain in translation. The example that serves as the headword is a present imperative, second person singular; the other examples come in other forms.
[1] Cratinus fr. 286 Kock (317 K.-A.).
[2] Eupolis fr. 386 Kock (381 K.-A.).
[3] Thucydides 3.22.8.
[4] (The equivalence τὸ ὑπισχνοῦμαι is added by the Suda.) Adler cites no references for tragedy, but Theodoridis proffers Aeschylus, Eumenides 804.
[5] Aristophanes fr. 615 Kock (626 K.-A.).
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Translated by: William Hutton on 27 August 2013@10:09:16.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked betacode, set status) on 27 August 2013@10:22:33.
David Whitehead (expansions, inc. another note; cosmetics) on 28 August 2013@03:19:40.
David Whitehead on 17 October 2013@07:54:38.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 22 June 2014@01:10:18.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note) on 30 June 2014@08:35:19.

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