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Headword: *)/enh
Adler number: epsilon,1294
Translated headword: the day after tomorrow; the old
Vetting Status: high
"To be present [again] on the e)/nh".[1] That is on the third [sc. day]. "Do not put off to tomorrow or the day after."[2] Some [say] 'to the 30th'. But Attic writers also call e)/nh the bygone [sc. cycle, etc.]. Demosthenes in the [speech] Against Aristogiton [writes]: "the old magistracies to make way for the new."[3]
Greek Original:
*)/enh: parei=nai d' ei)s e)/nhn. oi(=on ei)s tri/thn. mhd' a)naba/llesqai e)/st' au)/rion e)/st' e)/nhfi. tine\s de\ ei)s triaka/da. *)attikoi\ de\ kalou=sin e)/nhn kai\ th\n palaia/n. *dhmosqe/nhs e)n tw=| kat' *)aristogei/tonos: ta\s e)/nas a)rxa\s tai=s ne/ais u(pecie/nai.
The entry draws on the scholia to Aristophanes, Acharnians 172 (here quoted), but omits one sentence explicating the context.
[1] Aristophanes, Acharnians 172, where our texts read aspirated e(/nhn, following the distinction made in Harpocration (epsilon54 Keaney) and other lexica (see epsilon 1295), rather than the smooth breathing in this citation and at Hesychius epsilon1116. The assembly has been adjourned and the Thracians are invited to return two days later (on the third day under Greek inclusive reckoning). Cf. delta 1205.
[2] Hesiod, Works and Days 410 (later proverbial). On the form of the headword see epsilon 1325. At line 770 Hesiod uses it in its other sense for the end of one month and beginning of the next, in Attic (see note 1) aspirated but not in the Suda. For this confusing situation see M.L. West ad loc., epsilon 1295 and Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos 1.583-84. Aristophanes has an amusing dialogue on the problems caused by the Athenian term for the 30th of the month at Clouds 1178-1200 (web address 1)(see epsilon 1292).
[3] Demosthenes 25.20; cf. LSJ s.v. (C).
Mikalson J.D., The Sacred and Civil Calendar of the Athenian Year, Princeton, 1975.
Meritt B.D., The Athenian Year, Berkeley-Los Angeles 1961.
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Keywords: chronology; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; law; poetry; proverbs; rhetoric
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 20 February 2003@16:58:28.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 20 February 2003@18:51:33.
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