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Headword: Erêmê dikê
Adler number: epsilon,2961
Translated headword: deserted lawsuit
Vetting Status: high
[sc. This term was used in classical Athens] whenever the defendant had not appeared for trial and was condemned.[1] Compare also [sc. the phrase] "to be convicted in respect of a deserted [suit]".[2]
"Having convicted the man, as one might say, in respect of a deserted [suit], they drove him mad and accomplished something very greedy".[3]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "deserted grotto", [meaning] an isolated cave.[4]
Greek Original:
Erêmê dikê: hotan mê apantêsas ho diôkomenos epi tên dikên katadikasthêi. homoion kai to, Erêmên halônai. erêmên, hôs an eipoi tis, ton andra helontes, exemênan te auton kai pleonektikôtaton apetelesan. kai Erêmaiên spêlunga, erêmikon spêlaion.
[1] Likewise in Photius (Lexicon epsilon1910) and elsewhere, including several of the pareoemiographers. From the scholia to Plato, Apology 18C, where the phrase occurs.
[2] Also (unglossed) in Photius, Lexicon epsilon1911; and, again, proverbial.
[3] Quotation unidentifiable. (Adler suggests Aelian.)
[4] Linked by Gaisford, says Adler, with Greek Anthology 6.217.2 (e)rhmai/hn ... spila/da).
Keywords: daily life; definition; geography; imagery; law; philosophy; poetry; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 May 2003@05:52:31.
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Catharine Roth on 9 July 2003@00:30:18.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 9 July 2003@03:13:38.
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