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Headword: Emoi de toiouton ergon est' eirgasmenon
Adler number: epsilon,1061
Translated headword: such a deed have I accomplished as to stop the mouths of each and every one of my enemies as long as there is anything left of the shields from Pylos
Vetting Status: high
Kleon is harking back to the events at Pylos and Sphacteria. It was the custom to dedicate the arms [captured] from wars[1] in the temples. So as long, he is saying, as the arms from Pylos and Sphacteria which I dedicated are on show, nobody will dare to speak against me.
Greek Original:
Emoi de toiouton ergon est' eirgasmenon, hôste hapaxapantas tous emous echthrous epistomizein, heôs an êi tôn aspidôn tôn ek Pulou ti loipon: thrulei palin ho Kleôn ta peri Pulon kai Sphaktêrian. ethos de ên ta apo tôn polemôn hopla tois hierois anatithenai. heôs oun, phêsin, anakeitai ta hopla Pulou kai Sphaktêrias, haper anethêka, oudeis tolmêsei kat' emou legein.
Aristophanes, Knights 844-46 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there. For Kleon see generally kappa 1731. For his military success at Pylos and Sphacteria, in the SW Peloponnese, see generally Thucydides 4.1-41 (web address 2).
[1] So here; the scholiast has 'enemies' (a difference of one letter in the Greek).
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Keywords: biography; comedy; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; politics; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 May 2003@07:31:36.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added links) on 17 May 2003@18:33:37.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 20 August 2012@08:29:23.


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