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Headword: Γεραίτερος
Adler number: gamma,195
Translated headword: more reverend, rather reverend
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] more/rather ancient.[1]
"For there is a certain story of the more reverend ones: as many things as we might plan that are not worth the hearing or foolish, all things turn out for us for the best." For Poseidon and Athena were contesting about Attica, and Athena won. But Poseidon, bested and hurt, cursed the city and he said that it should happen that the Athenians would always plan poorly. Hearing this, Athena added to the curse that they would plan poorly and be lucky.[2]
Greek Original:
Γεραίτερος: παλαιότερος. λόγος τέ τοί τίς ἐστι τῶν γεραιτέρων, ὅσ' ἀνόητα χ' ἡ μῶρα βουλευσώμεθα, ἅπαντ' ἐπὶ τὸ βέλτιον ἡμῖν ξυμφέρειν. Ποσειδῶν γὰρ καὶ Ἀθηνᾶ ἐφιλονείκησαν περὶ τῆς Ἀττικῆς, καὶ νικῆσαι τὴν Ἀθηνᾶν. ἡττηθέντα δὲ τὸν Ποσειδῶνα καὶ λυπηθέντα καταράσασθαι τῇ πόλει καὶ λέγειν αὐτὸν, ὅτι γένοιτο τοὺς Ἀθηναίους ἀεὶ κακῶς βουλεύεσθαι. ἀκούσασαν δὲ τὴν Ἀθηνᾶν τῆς κατάρας προσθεῖναι, ὅτι κακῶς βουλεύεσθαι καὶ ἐπιτυγχάνειν.
[1] From the scholia to Homer, Iliad 9.60, where the headword occurs.
[2] Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 473-5 (web address 1 below), with scholion; cf. alpha 726, alpha 732, alpha 4358, mu 1337, pi 2105.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; mythology; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 June 2003@04:15:47.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; augmented notes and keywords) on 5 June 2003@05:33:43.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 6 June 2012@05:40:23.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, upgraded link) on 6 September 2012@13:14:20.
David Whitehead on 27 September 2015@10:14:47.


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