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Headword: *ma\ to/n
Adler number: mu,292
Translated headword: by g-!
Vetting Status: high
He is swearing elliptically; and thus it is a habit of the ancients sometimes not to add the [name of the] god. For they were accustomed to use such oaths euphemistically, which resulted in saying "by g-!" but no longer adding a name. Plato, too, [is said] to use such [an idiom].[1]
Greek Original:
*ma\ to/n: e)lleiptikw=s o)mnu/ei: kai\ ou(/tws e)/qos e)sti\ toi=s a)rxai/ois e)ni/ote mh\ prostiqe/nai to\n qeo/n. ei)w/qeisan ga\r toi=s toiou/tois o(/rkois xrh=sqai e)neufhmizo/menoi, w(/ste ei)pei=n me\n ma\ to/n, o)/noma de\ mhke/ti prosqei=nai. kai\ *pla/twna de\ tw=| toiou/tw| kexrh=sqai.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 1374 (web address 1), where this elliptical expostulation occurs.
[1] Plato, Gorgias 466E (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; philosophy; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 September 2001@08:33:41.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added links; set status) on 3 December 2003@14:45:18.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 4 December 2003@03:06:08.
David Whitehead on 9 May 2013@05:03:49.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 18 July 2020@17:00:10.


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