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Headword: *)amenhno/s
Adler number: alpha,1551
Translated headword: insubstantial
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] weak.[1]
Homer [writes]: "of insubstantial dreams."[2]
And smoke [sc. is called] insubstantial.
And [there is] a saying: "I believed it was a lot of smoke."[3] In reference to things which are worthless and good-for-nothing.[4]
Greek Original:
*)amenhno/s: a)sqenh/s. *(/omhros: a)menhnw=n o)nei/rwn. kai\ o( kapno\s a)menhno/s. kai\ paroimi/a: *kapno\n ei)=nai h(gou/mhn. e)pi\ tw=n ou)daminw=n kai\ ou)deno\s a)ci/wn.
cf. generally alpha 1552.
[1] From the scholia to Homer, Iliad 5.887, where the headword occurs (web address 1). Same or similar glossing in other lexica.
[2] Homer, Odyssey 19.562 (web address 2).
[3] Aristophanes, Clouds 330 (web address 3).
[4] See again kappa 346.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dreams; epic; ethics; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 30 July 2000@12:06:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 28 February 2001@10:42:06.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 17 July 2002@08:41:01.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 2 October 2005@08:21:46.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 13 February 2012@08:32:52.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 13 February 2012@08:34:19.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 10 March 2012@23:00:56.
Catharine Roth (tweaks) on 14 August 2013@00:09:44.
Catharine Roth (added a link, tweaks) on 14 August 2013@00:16:22.
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