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Headword: *)emoi/ te e)pistolai/
Adler number: epsilon,1062
Translated headword: I have letters
Vetting Status: high
"[I have letters] puffed up or deflated, than which no one wrote ones more lofty than Capaneus [sc. would have written].[1] Concerning them I often call the gods[2] to mind; and shouting that [verse], 'Io Nemesis and the deep-booming thunder of Zeus,'[3] I forbade him to go."
Greek Original:
*)emoi/ te e)pistolai/ e)parqei\s h)\ xaunwqei/s, w(=n ou)qei\s e)/grayen u(yhlote/ras tou= *kapane/ws, u(pe\r w(=n tou\s qeou\s qeou\s polla/kis u(pomimnh/skw, kai\ to/, *)iw\ *ne/mesi kai\ to\ *dio\s baru/bromoi brontai/, boh/sas, a)phgo/reusa au)tw=| mh\ foita=n.
The quotation, which reappears with some variation at upsilon 747, is unidentifiable. (Adler notes Jonathan Toup's attribution of it to either the emperor Julian or Synesius.)
[1] A byword for superior pride, Capaneus, one of mythology's Seven Against Thebes, boasted that not even Zeus could stop him scaling the city's walls -- whereupon he was destroyed by a thunderbolt.
[2] The electronic text erroneously repeats qeou\s (singular at upsilon 747).
[3] Euripides, Phoenician Women 182 (web address 1); see also iota 454, nu 162.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; ethics; imagery; mythology; religion; rhetoric; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 24 March 2007@23:31:16.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented notes and keywords) on 25 March 2007@05:00:39.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 20 August 2012@08:37:48.
David Whitehead on 20 August 2012@08:38:10.


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