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Headword: *au)ai/netai
Adler number: alpha,4418
Translated headword: is wasting away
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] is drying out.[1] For au)=oi [means those who are] dry.
Also [sc. attested is the related noun] au(asmo/s, [meaning] dryness. The first [syllable] has a rough breathing.[2]
Aristophanes [writes]: "then the child wastes away."[3] And in another place: "so that I wasted away when I saw it."[4]
Also [sc. attested is the optative] au)ai/noito ["might he/she/it waste away"], [meaning] might he/she/it dry up, let him/her/it disappear.
In the Epigrams: "might envy waste away, but your glory yet increase."[5]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] *)Auai/nou li/qos ["stone of Dryness"], from corpses being dry. The stone of Dryness is at Athens.[6]
Greek Original:
*au)ai/netai: chrai/netai. au)=oi ga\r oi( chroi/. kai\ *au(asmo/s, chrasi/a. h( prw/th dasu/netai. *)aristofa/nhs: e)ntau=qa dh\ paida/rion e)cauai/netai. kai\ e(te/rwqi: w(/st' e)/gwg' hu)aino/mhn qew/menos. kai\ *au)ai/noito, chrai/noito, a)fanize/sqw. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: o( fqo/nos au)ai/noito, teo\n d' e)/ti ku=dos a)e/coi. kai\ *au)ai/nou li/qos, a)po\ tou= au)/ous tou\s nekrou\s ei)=nai. *au)ai/nou li/qos h)=n *)aqh/nhsin.
[1] (cf. generally alpha 4421.) The headword is quoted from Nicander, Theriaca 339; same gloss in the scholia there.
[2] Because of crasis with the definite article o(.
[3] Aristophanes fr. 612 Kock, now 659 K.-A.
[4] Aristophanes fr. 613 Kock, now 660 K.-A.
[5] Greek Anthology 6.116.5 (Samius [Samus, Samos]), Philip V dedicates a hide and horns to Heracles; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 177), (vol. II, 510), and another extract from this epigram at mu 1096. On the confusion concerning the poet's name, see Gow and Page (vol. II, 509).
[6] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 194, where this mysterious stone is mentioned.
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)
Keywords: children; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 28 March 2002@21:40:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 11 April 2002@12:35:42.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; betacode and other cosmetics) on 30 April 2012@05:29:24.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 16 December 2014@23:30:16.
David Whitehead on 22 December 2014@09:16:14.
David Whitehead on 10 September 2015@08:56:37.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.5, added bibliography, added cross-reference, added keyword) on 19 March 2022@18:33:29.


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