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[379] ἅψεσθαι, ‘to catch.’ The middle voice gives a sort of animation to the expression, the passive is elsewhere found, as “ἅφθη τὸ λήιονHdt.1. 19, “ἁφθεὶς νηὸς κατεκαύθηThuc.4. 100.Here however the stake was not consumed, but only glowed with red heat; so we have “διαφανής” and “διάπυρος” to express ‘red-hot.’

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 1.19
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