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Headword: Asteios
Adler number: alpha,4235
Translated headword: urbane
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] quick on the uptake, pleasant to look at, graceful, beautiful, humorous.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the comparative, and dative] a)steiote/rw| ["more/rather urbane"], meaning more/rather intelligent. "He found an opportunity to mislead the deceived man with a more/rather urbane act."[2]
Aristophanes says [this] about Euripides.[3]
Also [sc. attested is] a)stei/ous ["urbane men"], those speaking wittily, acting as citizens. [The verb] a)stei+/zesqai ["to speak wittily"] [is] more/rather euphemistic for putting on airs, making fun, scoffing at anything.[4]
Also [sc. attested is the adverb] a)stei/ws ["urbanely"], suitably, sensibly.
Greek Original:
Asteios: eusunetos, euprosôpos, charieis, kalos, geloiôdês. kai Asteioterôi, anti tou sunetôterôi. ho de kairon heurôn tôi asteioterôi dramati planêsai ton êpatêkota. peri Euripidou phêsin Aristophanês. kai Asteious, asteïzomenous, politeuomenous. euphêmoteron asteïzesthai, to hôraïzesthai, gelôtopoiein, hatina skôptein. kai Asteiôs, prepontôs, phronimôs.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica, and cf. also the scholia to Plato, Republic 349B, where the headword occurs.
[2] Adler suggested Aelian as the source of this quotation, but see next note.
[3] Rather, from the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 902 (see web address 1 below for the text of the line); the remark pertains to alpha 4234, q.v. The passage from the scholia is also cited at delta 1498, and cf. beta 488 note 1.
[4] cf. alpha 4228, eta 603.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; philosophy; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 January 2002@20:16:51.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 6 January 2002@07:11:45.
Robert Dyer (added cross reference) on 7 April 2002@16:01:57.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 26 August 2002@07:31:21.
Catharine Roth (corrected cross-reference, added another) on 5 August 2006@10:20:49.
David Whitehead (modified notes; tweaks and cosmetics) on 11 February 2011@06:39:50.
David Whitehead (typo and other cosmetics) on 25 April 2012@08:28:34.
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