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Headword: *au)tosfagh=
Adler number: alpha,4527
Translated headword: suicide
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] him who is slain by himself. Ajax says: "may they seize and carry off those evil men most evilly and with complete destruction, [and] just as they see me fall a suicide, so slain by their own hands may they perish at the hands of their dearest relatives." Sophocles says [this].[1]
Greek Original:
*au)tosfagh=: to\n u(f' e(autou= a)nairou/menon. *ai)/as fhsi/: kai/ sfas kakou\s ka/kista kai\ panwle/qrous cunarpa/seian, w(/sper ei)sorw=s' e)me\ au)tosfagh= pi/ptonta, tw\s au)tosfagei=s pro\s tw=n filta/twn e)kgo/nwn o)loi/ato. *sofoklh=s fhsin.
The headword, accusative case, is extracted from the quotation given.
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 839-842; web address 1 below. (Editors have suspected textual corruption here, i.e. an intrusive gloss inflating the last clause, which might simply be "so may they [too] perish".)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; mythology; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 August 2001@02:41:41.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; added keyword; cosmetics) on 8 August 2001@05:02:02.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 4 May 2012@03:44:38.
David Whitehead on 11 September 2015@04:32:37.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 21 December 2015@22:21:13.


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