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Headword: *ai)=nos
Adler number: alphaiota,230
Translated headword: tale, story
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] proverbial story. Or [intended as] praise, and encomium. There is a certain tale: how a man and not a man[1] killed me, a bird and not a bird, but just the same a bird, while sitting on a branch and not a branch, with a stone and not a stone. [The answers are] eunuch, bat,[2] reed, pumice.[3]
An ai)=nos differs from a mu=qos in that the former is directed not at children but at adults, and not only for persuasion, but also [meant] to have a certain exhortation. For [ai)=nos] means in a cryptic way to instruct and teach something, just as Hesiod seems to have done in his poetry.[4]
A dread individual is [called] ai)no/s with an acute accent.
Also [sc. attested is] ai)=nos,[5] [meaning] praise, hymn, glory.
Greek Original:
*ai)=nos: lo/gos paroimiw/dhs. h)\ e)/painos, kai\ e)gkw/mion. ai)=no/s ti/s e)stin: w(s a)nh/r te kai\ ou)k a)nh/r, o)/rniqa kou)k o)/rniqa, o)/rniqa d' o(/mws, e)pi\ cu/lou me kou) cu/lou kaqhme/nhn, li/qw| te kou) li/qw| me balw\n diw/lesen. eu)nou=xos, nukteri/s, na/rqhc, ki/sshris. ai)=nos diafe/rei mu/qou tw=| to\n ai)=non mh\ pro\s pai=das, a)lla\ pro\s a)/ndras pepoih=sqai kai\ mh\ pro\s yuxagwgi/an mo/non, a)lla\ kai\ parai/nesin e)/xein tina/. bou/letai ga\r e)pikrupto/menos parainei=n ti kai\ dida/skein: o(/per kai\ *(hsi/odos fai/netai pepoihkw/s. *ai)no\s de\ o)cuto/nws o( deino\s a)/nqrwpos. kai\ *ai)=nos, e)/painos, u(/mnos, do/ca.
[1] Thus far in Photius and other lexica.
[2] cf. nu 578.
[3] From Clearchus (kappa 1714), On Riddles: see Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 10.452C-D (10.76 Kaibel).
[4] Julian, Oration 7, 202A-B; again at mu 1389. For Hesiod see Works and Days 202-12, the tale of the hawk and the nightingale.
[5] Accented as in the headword; thus this coda is semi-repetitious.
Keywords: children; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; mythology; poetry; proverbs; rhetoric; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 7 October 2002@20:17:03.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 8 October 2002@03:49:44.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 16 November 2005@08:06:13.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 15 May 2012@06:13:18.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 16 May 2012@00:20:13.
David Whitehead (expanded a ref) on 14 January 2015@09:03:19.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaking) on 28 November 2015@07:33:19.


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