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Headword: *kairo/s
Adler number: kappa,1189
Translated headword: opportune time
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes [writes]: "for [the] opportune time, which for men is the greatest chairman of every deed." He means that the opportune time is the timely and most/very useful [thing] for each activity: where even serious [efforts] occurring at the wrong time are not accepted, as a physician conversing with one who suffers about the nature of his illness; as if one were to converse with drunken men about temperance.[1] For what is good, if it does not occur in a good manner, [is] not good.[2]
And elsewhere: "Justinian, whether not thinking opportunely because of old age, or for some other reason, would have jumbled the orthodox belief concerning Christ, if he had not departed from among men."[3]
Greek Original:
*kairo/s: *)aristofa/nhs: kairo\s ga/r, o(/sper a)ndra/si me/gistos e)/rgou panto\s e)/st' e)pista/ths. a)nti\ tou= e)f' e(ka/stou pra/gmatos to\ kai/rion kai\ xrhsimw/taton o( kairo/s e)stin: o(/pou kai\ ta\ spoudai=a para\ kairo\n gino/mena ou)k a)pode/xontai: w(s i)atro\n tw=| ka/mnonti peri\ fu/sews tou= nosh/matos dialego/menon: w(s ei)/ tis toi=s mequ/ousi peri\ swfrosu/nhs diale/goito. to\ ga\r kalo\n mh\ kalw=s gino/menon, ou) kalo/n. kai\ au)=qis: o( de\ *)ioustiniano/s, ei)/te u(po\ gh/rws ta\ kai/ria ou) fronw=n, ei)/te a)/llws e)/melle th\n o)rqognw/mona peri\ *xristou= do/can diakukh/sein, ei) mh\ w)/|xeto e)c a)nqrw/pwn.
[1] In fact Sophocles (as, Adler reports, in ms B), Electra 75-6, with scholion; cf. epsilon 3615.
[2] An extra, general observation on the above. It is not from the Sophoclean scholion; rather, from an indeterminable source also quoted in writers later than the Suda (Michael Glycas, Nicolaus Catascepenus) -- unless those authors took it from the Suda itself.
[3] Quotation unidentifiable. (At iota 436, a similar allegation is made about Julian of Halicarnassus.)
Keywords: biography; Christianity; comedy; daily life; ethics; food; historiography; history; imagery; medicine; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 December 2007@23:57:31.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 5 December 2007@03:47:31.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 5 December 2007@10:47:43.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 12 February 2013@07:07:56.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 2 April 2014@06:09:09.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 20 July 2019@15:57:56.


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