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Headword: *ma\ *di/a
Adler number: mu,31
Translated headword: by Zeus
Vetting Status: high
Not saying [this] in the sense of ma\ to\n *di/a, as some suppose: but they used to use it instead of ma\ *di/a, just as [they used] nh\ *di/a in the sense of nai/ ["yes"]. Therefore they say both nai\ *di/a and nai\ ma\ *di/a.[1]
Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "yes by Zeus and many more things than these". The [phrase] ma\ *di/a [is used] in application to an affirmative oath, when nai/ is put before it.[2]
Greek Original:
*ma\ *di/a: ou)k e)pi\ tou= ma\ to\n *di/a le/gwn, w(s oi)/ontai/ tines: e)xrw=nto de\ au)tw=| a)nti\ tou= ma\ *di/a, w(/sper kai\ tw=| nh\ *di/a e)pi\ tw=| nai/: o(/qen kai\ nai\ *di/a le/gousin kai\ nai\ ma\ *di/a. *)aristofa/nhs *plou/tw|: nai\ ma\ *di/a tou/twn te pollw=| plei/ona. e)pi\ katwmotikou= to\ ma\ *di/a, o(/tan au)tou= prota/tthtai to\ nai/.
cf. generally mu 1; also mu 12, nu 349, nu 350.
[1] Likewise (though with the preferable "they used to say" rather than le/gwn in the opening clause) in Photius, Lexicon mu15 Theodoridis.
[2] Aristophanes, Plutus [Wealth] 187 (web address 1), with scholion.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 1 December 2003@23:03:12.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 2 December 2003@03:02:51.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword) on 25 April 2013@06:16:09.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 25 April 2013@23:58:47.
David Whitehead (coding) on 17 May 2016@05:45:11.


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