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Headword: *keno/n
Adler number: kappa,1322
Translated headword: void, wasteland
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a place] empty of people. Sophocles [says] about Oedipus: "but if you are to rule this land, just as you control [sc. it now], better to be lord of men than of a wasteland (kenon). Neither walled town nor ship is anything if it is empty (erĂªmos) and no men dwell within."[1]
Greek Original:
*keno/n: a)nqrw/pwn e)/rhmon. *sofoklh=s pro\s *oi)di/poun: a)ll' ei)/per a)/rceis th=sde gh=s, w(/sper kratei=s, cu\n a)ndra/si ka/llion h)\ keno\n kratei=n. w(s ou)de/n e)stin ou)/te pu/rgos ou)/te nau=s e)/rhmos a)ndrw=n mh\ cunoikou/ntwn e)/sw.
The headword, extracted from the quotation, is the neuter singular -- functioning as a substantive -- of this adjective (for which cf. kappa 1316, kappa 1318).
[1] Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 54-57, with the scholia to 55.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; military affairs; politics; tragedy
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 28 October 2008@04:37:52.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; more keywords; tweaks) on 28 October 2008@08:48:05.
David Whitehead on 17 February 2013@09:16:09.


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