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α?τη (ἀάω): ruinous mischief, ruin, usually in consequence of blind and criminal folly, infatuation; με μαλ᾽ εἰς α?την κοιμήσατε νηλέι ὕπνῳ (addressed to the gods by Odysseus; while he slept his comrades had laid hands on the cattle of Helius), Od. 12.372, cf. Il. 2.111, Il. 8.237 ; τὸν δ᾽ α?τη φρένας εἷλε, ‘blindness’ (cf. what follows, στῆ δὲ ταφών: Patroclus stands dazed by the shock received from Apollo), Il. 16.805 ; εἵνεκ᾽ ἐμεἶο κυνὸς καὶ Ἀλεξάνδρου ἕνεκ̓ α?της (said by Helen), Il. 6.356; pl., ἐμα?ς α?τα_ς κατέλεξας, Il. 9.115, Κ 391, Il. 19.270. The notions of folly and the consequences of folly are naturally confused in this word, cf. Il. 24.480, and some of the passages cited above.— Personified, ?῎ατη, Ate, the goddess of infatuation, πρέσβα Διὸς θυγάνηρ ?῎ατη, πάντας ἀᾶται, Il. 19.91 (see what follows as far as v. 130, also Il. 9.500 ff.).
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