Things were swallowed up in attempts to get back to the origin, like a predator swallows prey.
Virgil wrote the Aeneid to show that Octavius' consumption of all power in Rome was valid because he was re-manifesting [email protected]: It is true that the Ancients, like the Humanists in some ways, entertained a cyclical view of history; but that was only one of several views that vied for dominance, depending on the genre, the period, etc.
Written in ink in an early form of Arabic script on parchment made from animal skin, the pages contain parts of the Suras, or chapters, 18 to 20, which may have been written by someone who actually knew the Prophet Muhammad - founder of the Islamic faith.
Historian Tom Holland, told the Times: 'It destabilises, to put it mildly, the idea that we can know anything with certainty about how the Koran emerged - and that in turn has implications for the history of Muhammad and the Companions.'Keith Small, from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library, added: 'This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran's genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven.
While both words ultimately contain the same prae-, the -dat- is entirely different in each word: they come from entirely unrelated roots (Proto-Indo-European ~*dʰe- in predating and *gʰ-n(e)-d- in predation).
It is possible that prae- in praeda primed some connotation of anteriority to a Roman, but I have to say I doubt whether it was significant in context.
For example, some parasitic species prey on a host organism and then lay their eggs on it for their offspring to feed on it while it continues to live or on its decaying corpse after it has died.
In ecology, predation is a biological interaction where a predator feeds on its prey.
Predators may or may not kill their prey prior to feeding on them, but the act of predation often results in the death of its prey and the eventual absorption of the prey's tissue through consumption.
Aydin Orstan of the Snails’ Tails blog was incensed to read this part of a sentence from an article in The Journal of Molluscan Studies: “…lived there for an extensive period, predating the pinninds’ mantle.” What the authors meant to convey, says Dr Orstan, was that the carnivorous specimens recovered from inside the mantle cavities of several species of bivalves had been preying on the latters’ mantle tissue.
He also points out that in three subsequent sentences of the article, snails are stated to be “predating on” bivalves. Hence, if one is writing about prey and predators, one needs to be clear about what is meant in English, by using a term such as “were preying on” as Dr Orstan suggests.