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Headword: *)en de/onti
Adler number: epsilon,1162
Translated headword: as needed, when required
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] for usefulness. "It was good work on his part to die, and as needed by the city, or at least before pouring in the relish over us." That is, before throwing us into disorder.
Greek Original:
*)en de/onti: e)n tw=| xrhsi/mw|. *)aristofa/nhs: eu)=ge pow=n a)po/lwle, ka)\n de/onti th=| po/lei, h)\ pri/n ge to\n muttwto\n h(mi=n e)gxe/ai. toute/sti pri\n tara/cai h(ma=s.
Aristophanes, Peace 271-3 (telescoped: see web address 1), with scholion. The allusion is to the death of Kleon (kappa 1731) at Amphipolis in 422 BCE. He and his Spartan opponent Brasidas had been characterized as the pestle and mortar of Greece; hence the culinary joke used here.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; ethics; food; history; imagery; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 November 2000@06:20:30.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (supplemented translation, added link) on 18 November 2002@17:11:14.
David Whitehead (x-ref; keywords; cosmetics) on 18 October 2003@09:29:11.
David Whitehead on 23 August 2012@04:06:55.
David Whitehead on 9 January 2016@09:38:22.


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