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Headword: *)/atta
Adler number: alpha,4305
Translated headword: father
Vetting Status: high
Form of address of a younger man to an older.[1]
"Old father, a double marriage calls me. The one bride has wealth and lineage like mine, the other is superior. Which is better? Come, take counsel with me, which of the two I should marry."[2]
Greek Original:
*)/atta: prosfw/nhsis newte/rou pro\s presbu/teron. a)/tta ge/ron, doio/s me kalei= ga/mos: h( mi/a me\n dh\ nu/mfh kai\ plou/tw| kai\ ge/nei+ kat' e)me/, h( d' e(te/rh probe/bhke. ti/ lw/i+on; ei) d' a)/ge su/m moi bou/leuson, pote/rhn ei)s u(me/naion a)/gw.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon. From a scholion on Homer, Iliad 9.603; cf. pi 255. See LSJ at web address 1 for a)/tta (B).
[2] Greek Anthology 7.89.3-6, a man seeks advice from the sage Pittacus; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 70-71), (vol. II, 205-207), and another excerpt from this anecdote at beta 236. Gow and Page note (ibid.) that an attribution of the epigram to Callimachus is found in Diogenes Laertius 1.79 and only there. They observe that although the Anthologia Palatina (AP) makes no attribution for this epigram, it is highly likely that the AP extracted the text from Diogenes, its lack of an ascription is thus of little consequence, and--in any event--nothing else would suggest that a piece of poetry so uninspiring as this should be deemed the work of Callimachus (ibid.). On Pittacus of Mytilene, one of the Seven Sages, see pi 1659.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge, 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge, 1965)
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Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; epic; ethics; gender and sexuality; poetry; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 12 January 2001@22:54:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 26 August 2002@09:36:57.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 3 March 2004@19:10:34.
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David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks) on 27 April 2012@05:07:28.
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