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Headword: Πασσυδεί
Adler number: pi,763
Translated headword: wholly
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] completely. Thucydides [in book 8 writes]:[1] "not so wholly destroyed,"[2] which some in their ignorance write as πασσυδί . It is also in the Deserters of Pherecrates.[3]
Greek Original:
Πασσυδεί: παντελῶς. ὁ Θουκυδίδης: εἰ μὴ οὕτως τε πασσυδεὶ διεφθάρθαι. ὅπερ ἀγνοήσαντές τινες γράφουσι πασσυδί. ἔστι καὶ ἐν Αὐτομόλοις Φερεκράτου.
The entire entry (also in Photius: pi 472 Theodoridis) is a garbled version of Aelius Dionysius pi10, with the point of the entry obscured by inaccuracies. Dionysius is criticizing those who write the word with internal assimilation (πασσυδί or πασσυδεί , rather than πανσυδί or πανσυδεί ) which Dionysius considers un-Thucydidean. The version here makes it seems as if the controversy is between πασσυδί and the variant, homophonous in late Greek, πασσυδεί . The major mss of Thucydides (see n. 2 below) read πανσυδί , though the variants with internal assimilation and the -εί ending are attested in scholia and commentaries.
[1] The numeral 8 should be explicit, as in the earlier lexica, but has become here corrupted into 'if', the supposed first word of the quotation, for which see next note
[2] A garbled quotation of Thucydides 8.1.1, on Athenian incredulity at early reports of the destruction of their forces in Sicily (web address 1); quoted more accurately by Aelius Dionysius (see previous note).
[3] Pherecrates fr. 31 Kock (36 K.-A.).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: William Hutton on 30 August 2011@10:43:06.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 30 August 2011@19:19:36.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 31 August 2011@03:29:44.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 17 September 2013@08:19:16.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; another note) on 4 April 2014@09:34:43.
David Whitehead (typo) on 22 May 2016@07:09:28.


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