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Headword: *diaba/lletai
Adler number: delta,499
Translated headword: is misleading
Vetting Status: high
They use [sc. this verb] in application to deceiving. Archippus [writes]: "for I shall mislead the old man today".[1] And Aristophanes [writes]: "your uncle is misleading you, you wretch".
Greek Original:
*diaba/lletai: xrw=ntai e)pi\ tou= e)capata=n. *)/arxippos: to\n ga\r ge/ronta diabalou=mai th/meron. kai\ *)aristofa/nhs: diaba/lletai/ s' o( qei=os, w)= po/nhre su/.
Aristophanes, Birds 1648 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there.
As Dunbar [below] 730 notes, the middle voice of this verb in this sense is 'very rare' (also in Herodotus 9.116-1-2). For the active voice (delta 500) see the examples in LSJ s.v. diaba/llw, VI -- and add to them another Aristophanic one, Thesmophoriazusae 1214 (wrongly listed by LSJ as middle).
[1] Archippus fr. 38.2 K.-A. (36.2 Kock).
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 5 October 2003@08:35:43.
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Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 9 October 2003@00:27:38.
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