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Headword: *deila/kra
Adler number: delta,310
Translated headword: pitiable
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "pitiable me, I'm being torn up!"[1] He is mocking a lecherous old woman. Pitiable [means] supremely wretched.
Also [sc. attested is the related term] deilakri/wn, [meaning] he who is supremely cowardly; he who is pitiful, unfortunate; or suffering. The same Aristophanes [writes]: "o craven, o stingy man! You see how I no longer seem to you to be the most iniquitous person."[2]
Greek Original:
*deila/kra: *)aristofa/nhs *plou/tw|: e)gw\ de\ katake/knismai deila/kra. skw/ptei kaprw=san th\n grau=n. deila/kra de\ a)/krws a)qli/a. kai\ *deilakri/wn, o( a)/krws deilo/s: o( e)leeino/s, o( talai/pwros: h)\ o( e)pi/ponos. o( au)to\s *)aristofa/nhs: w)= deilakri/wn. w)= gli/sxrwn, o(ra=|s, w(s ou)ke/t' ei)=nai/ soi dokw= miarw/tatos;
See also delta 311.
[1] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 973 (web address 1 below), with comment from the scholia there.
[2] Aristophanes, Peace 193-4 (web address 2); cf. gamma 288, mu 1027.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 December 2003@16:58:56.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; x-refs; cosmetics) on 21 December 2003@07:57:22.
David Whitehead (more keywords; betacode and other cosmetics) on 19 June 2012@07:32:13.
Catharine Roth (typo, tweaked links) on 16 July 2016@17:54:42.
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