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Headword: *mw=ra/ moi dokei=s fronei=n
Adler number: mu,1338
Translated headword: you seem to me to think foolish things
Vetting Status: high
Meaning you are naive, now wishing to mollify, since time has reached a critical juncture. Ajax says [this] to Tecmessa.[1] And elsewhere: "isn't your plan foolish, to strive for tyranny without a rabble and allies, a thing which is acquired with a rabble and with money?"[2]
And again: "O fool, fool, do not incite terrible thoughts in gods, lest Justice overturn your whole family into complete oblivion with the mattock of Zeus." It is said in reference to blasphemers.[3]
Greek Original:
*mw=ra/ moi dokei=s fronei=n: a)nti\ tou= eu)h/qhs ei)=, nu=n boulo/menos mala/ssein, e)cakma/santos tou= kairou=. o( *ai)/as fhsi\ pro\s *te/kmhssan. kai\ au)=qis: a)=r' ou)xi\ mw=ro/n e)sti tou)gxei/rhma/ sou, a)/neu te plh/qous kai\ fi/lwn turanni/da qhra=n, o(\ plh/qei xrh/masi/n q' a(li/sketai; kai\ au)=qis: w)= mw=re, mw=re, mh\ qew=n ki/nei fre/nas deina/s, o(/pws mh/ sou ge/nos panw/leqron *dio\s make/llh| pa=n a)nastre/yh| di/kh. e)pi\ tw=n blasfh/mwn ei)/rhtai.
For 'foolish things' cf. mu 1337.
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 594 (web address 1), with comments from the scholia.
[2] Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 540-2 (web address 2).
[3] Aristophanes, Birds 1239-40 (web address 3), with comments from the scholia; see already at mu 67.
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Keywords: agriculture; comedy; definition; ethics; imagery; law; mythology; poetry; politics; religion; science and technology; tragedy; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 26 July 2009@12:54:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-ref; cosmetics) on 27 July 2009@03:08:46.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 27 July 2009@14:12:11.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; tweaking) on 28 May 2013@05:26:49.


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