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Headword: *su/mptwsis
Adler number: sigma,1402
Translated headword: falling-together, collision, attack
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] meeting, mixture made out of two parts.[1]
"From nearly equal purpose they made their approach similar. But when the collision from both became forceful, both [parties] missed [the men] themselves, but they pierced each others' horses with their spears."[2]
Greek Original:
*su/mptwsis: sumbolh/, su/mmicis e)k du/o merw=n ginome/nh. oi( de\ e)k paraplhsi/as proqe/sews o(moi/an e)poih/santo th\n e)/fodon. ginome/nhs de\ th=s sumptw/sews e)c a)mfoi=n biai/as, au)tw=n me\n h(/marton a)mfo/teroi, tou\s de\ i(/ppous e)/trwsan toi=s do/rasi tou\s a)llh/lwn.
cf. generally sigma 1401. The present headword is a related abstract (feminine) noun; the quotation appended illustrates its military application (LSJ s.v. II.2).
[1] No equivalent glossing in other lexica.
[2] Quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti) unidentifiable. The first clause of the second sentence bears some resemblance to Polybius 18.25.1: genome/nhs de\ th=s e)c a)mfoi=n sumptw/sews meta\ bi/as kai\ kraugh=s u(perballou/shs. Adler notes, but does not follow, the emendation of tou\s a)llh/lwn to toi=s a)llh/lwn in the Suda editio princeps (Demetrius Chalcocondyles, 1499), i.e. "they pierced the horses with each others' spears".
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 30 May 2014@01:31:26.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; another keyword; tweaking; raised status) on 30 May 2014@03:13:17.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 10 June 2014@07:19:25.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 10 June 2014@22:35:08.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 3 August 2014@22:45:20.
Catharine Roth (my typo) on 19 May 2015@09:50:25.


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