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Headword: *eu)labou=
Adler number: epsilon,3556
Translated headword: beware
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] keep guard.[1]
"But beware, lest he escape you; for he knows the ways that Eucrates fled straight for the bran-sacks." In reference to those who are fleeing. Aristophanes [sc. writes this].[2]
Also [sc. attested is] eu)labou=mai; [used] with an accusative. But [sc. also used] with a genitive; "I beware of inanimate things."[3] "For if I will baptize you [...]".[4]
Greek Original:
*eu)labou=: fula/ssou. eu)labou= de/, mh\ e)kfu/gh| se. kai\ ga\r oi)=de ta\s o(dou/s, a(/sper *eu)kra/ths e)/feugen eu)qu\ tw=n kurhbi/wn. e)pi\ tw=n feugo/ntwn. *)aristofa/nhs. kai\ *eu)labou=mai: ai)tiatikh=|. genikh=| de/: a)yu/xwn eu)labou=mai. ei) ga\r bapti/sw se.
[1] Likewise in Photius and other lexica. The headword is present imperative, second person singular, of the verb eu)labe/omai (cf. epsilon 3553, epsilon 3554). It is perhaps, though not demonstrably, extracted from the Aristophanic quotation which follows here; there are other instances in (e.g.) Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.
[2] Aristophanes, Knights 253-254 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. tau 145 and tau 154. On Eucrates, an Athenian demagogue, see sigma 1248 and sigma 1257; cf. Knights 129 (web address 2), Lysistrata 103 (web address 3) and fr. 716 Κ.-Α.
[3] Quotation unidentifiable. (Adler notes Bernhardy's proposed supplement, e)pi\ a)yu/xwn.)
[4] cf. Romanus Melodus, Cantica 16.7-8, referring to Jesus' christening by John the Baptist; two lines later Jesus says to John kalw=s eu)labh/qhs e)me/ "you did well to be cautious of me."
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Keywords: biography; Christianity; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; history; imagery; politics; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 22 February 2008@09:46:23.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 22 February 2008@10:09:17.
David Whitehead (expanded notes) on 7 November 2012@06:42:19.
David Whitehead (tweaked and expanded n.1; another keyword) on 7 March 2016@08:54:17.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 7 March 2016@10:07:34.


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