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Headword: *ai)w=na
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:
*ai)w=na: zwh/n, bi/on. *sofoklh=s: w(s ou)k a)\n ai)w=n' e)kma/qois brotw=n, pri\n a)\n qa/nh| tis, ou)/t' ei) xrhsto/s, ou)/t' ei) kako/s. e)gw\ de\ to\n e)mo\n kai\ pri\n ei)s a(/|dou molei=n, e)/coid' e)/xousa dustuxh= te kai\ baru/n.
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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