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Headword: Κάτοισθα
Adler number: kappa,1125
Translated headword: you know
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] you recognize, you understand.[1] Sophocles [writes]: "[don't] you know, I am no longer subject to satisfy the gods at all." That is, I am not in such a condition that the gods ought to assist me, because I am not clinging to life. "I no longer owe service to the gods":[2] meaning to do anything for the honor of the gods.
Greek Original:
Κάτοισθα: γινώσκεις, ἐπίστασαι. Σοφοκλῆς: κάτοισθ', ἐγὼ θεοῖς οὐδὲν ἀρκεῖν εἴμ' ὀφειλέτης ἔτι; τουτέστιν οὐκ ἐν τούτῳ εἰμί, ὥστε ὀφείλειν τοὺς θεοὺς ἐπαρκεῖν μοι, διὰ τὸ μὴ περιέχεσθαι τοῦ ζῆν. οὐκέτι τοῖς θεοῖς ὀφείλω ἐγὼ ἐπαρκεῖν: ἀντὶ τοῦ οὐδὲν ἐπὶ τιμῇ πράττειν τῶν θεῶν.
Sophocles, Ajax 589-590 (web address 1), with scholion; again at omicron 999.
[1] Second person singular of κάτοιδα , perfect form with present sense.
[2] A slight rephrasing of the quotation.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 16 March 2009@21:59:45.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-ref; another note; cosmetics) on 17 March 2009@03:54:11.
David Whitehead on 11 February 2013@07:46:58.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 14 February 2013@01:42:13.


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