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Headword: *leptologi/a
Adler number: lambda,297
Translated headword: subtle argument
Vetting Status: high
"He did not devote himself to subtle argument or extend his discourses." Philostratus the Lemnian writes [this] about Apollonius.[1]
Hermippos in Demesmen [sc. also uses the word.][2]
"I am already seeking to chop logic, and to quibble about smoke." Meaning about nothing and about vain matters. [sc. He is saying this] to ridicule the philosophers for investigating dry questions.[3] "And you [priest] of the thinnest foolishnesses." That is, of the most intelligent and most obscure discourses."[4]
Greek Original:
*leptologi/a. ou)de\ leptologi/a| e)di/dou ou)de\ dih=ge tou\s lo/gous. peri\ *)apollwni/ou gra/fei *filo/stratos o( *lh/mnios. *(/ermippos *dhmo/tais. leptologei=n h)/dh zhtw=, kai\ peri\ kapnou= stenolesxei=n. a)nti\ tou= peri\ tou= mhdeno\s kai\ kenw=n pragma/twn. diasurmou= de\ xa/rin tw=n filoso/fwn w(s i)sxna\ zhtou/ntwn zhth/mata. su/ te leptota/twn lh/rwn. toute/stin sunetwta/twn kai\ dusparakolouqh/twn lo/gwn.
[1] Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana 1.17; see also delta 519, kappa 912.
[2] Hermippus fr. 22 Kock, now 21 K.-A.; also in other lexica.
[3] Aristophanes, Clouds 320 (web address 1), with scholion; quoted again at sigma 1038.
[4] Aristophanes, Clouds 359, with scholion.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; comedy; imagery; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 31 March 2009@10:20:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 April 2009@03:20:34.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 5 April 2013@05:52:57.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 5 April 2013@09:16:07.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 December 2014@09:37:05.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 19 April 2020@22:32:51.


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