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Headword: Αἰῶνα
Adler number: alphaiota,256
Translated headword: age
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] life, life-style.[1]
Sophocles [writes]: "[there is an old story] that you could not know the age of mortals before someone dies, whether it is good or bad. But I, even before going to Hades' [house], know that mine is unfortunate and miserable."[2]
Greek Original:
Αἰῶνα: ζωήν, βίον. Σοφοκλῆς: ὡς οὐκ ἂν αἰῶν' ἐκμάθοις βροτῶν, πρὶν ἂν θάνῃ τις, οὔτ' εἰ χρηστός, οὔτ' εἰ κακός. ἐγὼ δὲ τὸν ἐμὸν καὶ πρὶν εἰς ᾅδου μολεῖν, ἔξοιδ' ἔχουσα δυστυχῆ τε καὶ βαρύν.
cf. alphaiota 255.
[1] In the accusative case, extracted from Plato, Gorgias 448C (web address 1); see the scholia there, and similarly in other lexica.
[2] Sophocles, Trachiniae 2-5 (web address 2); Deianeira is speaking.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; mythology; philosophy; religion; tragedy; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 14 November 2003@18:45:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 15 November 2003@08:55:02.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 15 November 2003@12:17:05.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 16 May 2012@03:41:18.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 16 May 2012@15:11:30.
David Whitehead (more keywords; various note tweaks) on 21 March 2015@08:44:56.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 21 March 2015@09:38:44.


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