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Headword: Ψυχομαχοῦντες
Adler number: psi,169
Translated headword: fighting for their lives
Vetting Status: high
Polybius [writes]: "the Romans, fighting for their lives, had for nearly 15 years kept entirely away from naval activity".[1] "Most of the subsequent undertaking was a matter of fighting with resolve".[2] A battle in the cold.[3]
Greek Original:
Ψυχομαχοῦντες: Πολύβιος: οἱ δὲ Ῥωμαῖοι ψυχομαχοῦντες, σχεδὸν ἢ ιε# ἔτη τῶν κατὰ θάλασσαν πραγμάτων ὁλοσχερῶς ἀφεστηκότες. ἦν δὲ καὶ τῆς ὕστερον ἐπιβολῆς τὸ πλεῖον ψυχομαχία. περὶ τὸ ψῦχος μάχη.
The headword participle is presumably extracted from the first quotation given.
[1] Polybius 1.59.1, who says five years (and in fact should have said six). See web address 1.
[2] Polybius 1.59.6, as construed by Walbank 123 (which gives the verb a meaning different from that in the earlier passage).
[3] So the transmitted text, περὶ τὸ ψῦχος ; but in the 1543 Basel edition of the Suda it is plausibly emended to περὶ τῆς ψυχῆς , 'of life and death'.
F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, i (Oxford 1957)
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: chronology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 26 November 2001@06:54:24.
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David Whitehead (added keyword) on 6 September 2002@06:24:37.
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Catharine Roth (fixed link, tweaked note 3) on 19 September 2011@22:00:50.
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