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Headword: *)/analkis
Adler number: alpha,1941
Translated headword: powerless, impotent
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] incapable, weak.[1]
For[2] not only [it is true that] "great danger does not take a powerless mortal," as Pindar says;[3] but also the great man offers no small contest. But whenever other exiles run away because of lack of manliness, then one who takes risks comes forth.
And elsewhere tragedy says about Aegisthus: "this total impotent, the complete blight, he who fights his battles with women."[4] For he killed Agamemnon with Clytemnestra assisting him.
Greek Original:
*)/analkis: a)du/natos, a)sqenh/s. ou) ga\r mo/non o( me/gas ki/ndunos a)/nalkin ou) fw=ta lamba/nei, w(s le/gei *pi/ndaros: a)lla\ kai\ o( me/gas a)nh\r ou)de/na mikro\n a)gw=na prosi/etai. a)ll' o(/pou fuga/des a)/lloi di' a)nandri/an a)podidra/skousin, e)ntau=qa katabai/nei paraballo/menos. kai\ au)=qis h( tragw|di/a fhsi\ peri\ *ai)gi/sqou: o( pa/nt' a)/nalkis ou(=tos, h( pa=sa bla/bh, o( su\n gunaici\ ta\s ma/xas poiou/menos. sunergou/shs ga\r th=s *klutaimnh/stras a)nei=le to\n *)agame/mnona.
[1] The headword occurs in Homer, Iliad 2.201, and these are the glosses of the scholia there.
[2] Here begins Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 65 Zintzen (29 Asmus); cf. phi 677.
[3] Pindar, Olympians 1.81 (web address 1 below).
[4] Sophocles, Electra 301-2 (web address 2 below), with scholion; cf. upsilon 88.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; epic; gender and sexuality; mythology; poetry; tragedy; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 13 May 2001@10:21:52.
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