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Headword: *)akrosfalei=s
Adler number: alpha,1019
Translated headword: precarious
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning they who are] stumbling in the [act of] walking. That is the Huns.[1]
In Philoctetes:[1] "...that all things are awful for mortals and uncertain: to fare well or to fare otherwise. It is necessary for one who is outside miseries to expect awful things. And whenever someone is doing well, that is the time he should examine his life most of all, so disaster does not sneak up on him."[2]
Greek Original:
*)akrosfalei=s: e)n tw=| badi/zein sfallo/menoi. toute/stin oi( *ou)=nnoi. *filokth/th|: w(s pa/nta deina\ ka)pikindu/nws brotoi=s kei=tai: paqei=n me\n eu)=, paqei=n de\ qa/tera. xrh\ d' e)kto\s o)/nta phma/twn ta\ dei=n' o(ra=n: xw)/tan ti/s eu)= zh=|, thnikau=ta to\n bi/on skopei=n ma/lista, mh\ diafqarei\s la/qh|.
[1] See already alpha 1018.
[2] Sophocles, Philoctetes 502-506 (web address 1); cf. theta 61. This quotation does not contain the headword of this entry, but has some vague connection to it in sense.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; ethics; geography; proverbs; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 6 March 2000@16:18:52.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Altered translation. Added note and link to Sophocles' text.) on 12 March 2000@22:57:18.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 5 June 2002@08:37:35.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 1 February 2012@07:39:31.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 24 April 2012@21:07:09.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 20 October 2013@19:34:31.
David Whitehead on 22 May 2015@10:38:23.


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