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Headword: Εἴδωλον
Adler number: epsiloniota,46
Translated headword: image
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the likeness of an appearance.[1]
Sophocles [writes]: "[Odysseus] 'I see that we who are alive are nothing but images or an insubstantial shadow.' [Athena] 'Therefore seeing such matters, do not say any insolent word against the gods, nor assume any swollen pride, if you are weightier than someone in strength of hand or depth of wealth. A day bends and brings back all human affairs. But the gods love sensible men and hate the evil.'"[2]
Greek Original:
Εἴδωλον: ὁμοίωμα εἴδους. Σοφοκλῆς: ὁρῶ γὰρ ἡμᾶς οὐδὲν ὄντας ἄλλο πλὴν εἴδωλα, ὅσοιπερ ζῶμεν, ἢ κούφην σκιάν. τοιαῦτα τοίνυν ἐσορῶν ὑπέρκοπον μηδέν ποτ' εἴπῃς αὐτὸς εἰς θεοὺς ἔπος, μηδ' ὄγκον αἴρῃ μηδέν', εἴ τινος πλέον ἢ χειρὶ βρίθεις ἢ μακροῦ πλούτου βάθει. ὡς ἡμέρα κλίνει τε κἀνάγει πάλιν ἅπαντα τἀνθρώπεια. τοὺς δὲ σώφρονας θεοὶ φιλοῦσι καὶ στυγοῦσι τοὺς κακούς.
[1] cf. epsiloniota 45.
[2] Sophocles, Ajax 125-133 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; economics; ethics; imagery; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 May 2005@01:43:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 4 May 2005@02:52:40.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 4 December 2005@09:06:26.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 23 November 2012@04:10:32.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 25 November 2012@00:14:09.


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