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Headword: Akarê
Adler number: alpha,801
Translated headword: bit, pittance, scrap
Vetting Status: high
[sc. Something] short, sharp, impossible to cut.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "somehow or other you've been duped, you who rule many and do not get any benefit of it except that pittance you take away.[2] And that they drip down on you little by little with wool, just like olive oil, so as to keep you alive. For they want you to be poor."[3]
Greek Original:
Akarê: brachu, oxu, ho ouch hoion te keirai. Aristophanês: ouk oid' hopê enkekuklêsai, hos pollôn archôn ouk apolaueis plên touth' ho phereis akarê. kai tout' eriôi soi enstazousi kata mikron aei, tou zên henech' hôsper elaion. boulontai gar se penêt' einai.
See also alpha 802, and cf. generally alpha 800, alpha 803, alpha 804.
[1] Same glossing in Photius and other lexica, and also in the scholia to [Plato], Axiochus 366C, where the (neuter) headword occurs.
[2] Jury pay; see generally under tau 998.
[3] Aristophanes, Wasps 699-703 (abridged, and with one substantive textual divergence for the worse: "rule many" should be "rule many cities," see web address 1); again briefly at epsilon 88. The simile of the wool and the oil here is hard to fathom, and the note in MacDowell (below) 228 suggests that Aristophanes "seems to have combined, or confused, two ideas": applying oil to a sore ear (with wool) and drip-feeding an invalid.
Aristophanes, Wasps, edited with introduction and commentary by Douglas M. MacDowell (Oxford 1971 and reprints)
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; food; imagery; law; medicine; philosophy; politics; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 6 November 2000@21:33:53.
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