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Headword: *)aristera/
Adler number: alpha,3901
Translated headword: sinister (things)
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] foolish [ones]; but dexia [means] clever [ones].[1] Sophocles says about Ajax: "for never from your own mind did you walk [so far] toward sinister [things], son of Telamon."[2]
Greek Original:
*)aristera/: ta\ mwra/: decia\ de\ ta\ suneta/. *sofoklh=s peri\ *ai)/anto/s fhsin: ou)/ pote ga\r freno/qen g' e)p' a)ristera\, pai= *telamw=nos, e)/bhs.
cf. delta 225, phi 704.
[1] The literal meaning of dexios is "on the right side". Its opposite, aristeros, means "on the left side" and so in Greek eyes unlucky -- hence the implicit euphemism ("preferable").
[2] Sophocles, Ajax 183-4 (web address 1 below), with comment from the scholia there. See also at delta 225 and phi 704.
Henning Wirth, Die linke Hand (Stuttgart 2010); reviewed BMCR 2011.06.57
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 29 July 2001@17:56:37.
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