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Headword: Pêdaliouchein
Adler number: pi,1494
Translated headword: to hold the tiller
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to steer.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "first one must be an oarsman, before putting one's hand to the steering-oars; and then [one must] be a bow-man and watch the winds, and [only] then steer it for oneself."[2]
The Theologian also speaks of this whole topic.[3]
Greek Original:
Pêdaliouchein: kubernan. Aristophanês: eretên chrê prôta genesthai, prin pêdaliois epicheirein: kanteuthen prôrateusai kai tous anemous diathrêsai kaita kubernan auton heautôi. touto phêsi kai ho Theologos holon to chôrion.
cf. generally pi 1493.
[1] This verb seems to be attested, in the Septuagint and elsewhere, mainly in a figurative sense: see LSJ s.v.
[2] Aristophanes, Knights 542-3 (web address 1).
[3] Gregory of Nazianzus, Oratio 43.26 [Funeral Oration for Basil the Great] = PG 36.532b.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: Christianity; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; religion; rhetoric; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 March 2012@00:29:04.
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David Whitehead (x-ref; another keyword; tweaks) on 4 March 2012@04:39:01.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note 3) on 21 March 2012@18:14:26.
David Whitehead on 2 October 2013@08:47:23.
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