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Headword: *)/omnumi
Adler number: omicron,260
Translated headword: I swear
Vetting Status: high
[Used] with a dative.[1] Also [sc. attested is the infinitive] o)mnu/nai ["to swear"]. Aristophanes in Birds [writes]: "for he does not swear, but he prays. I swear to remain [true] to these [vows], to be made victorious by all the judges."[2] He is praying in a witty way for victory; for the judges judged the comic poets. And those taking [sc. all of] the five votes were happy.[3]
Greek Original:
*)/omnumi: dotikh=. kai\ *)omnu/nai: *)aristofa/nhs *)/ornisin. ou)k o)/mnusi ga/r, a)ll' eu)/xetai. o)/mnumi me/nein e)n tou/tois, w(s pa=si toi=s kritai=s nika=n. xarie/ntws de\ eu)xo/menos u(pe\r th=s ni/khs: e)/krinan ga\r kritai\ tou\s kwmikou/s. oi( de\ lamba/nontes ta\s e# yh/fous eu)daimo/noun.
[1] Likewise in syntactical lexica. (This comment intrudes into material otherwise taken from the scholia to the Aristophanic verse quoted later.)
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 445 (web address 1).
[3] Ten judges voted initially, but then five of them were selected by lot. See Pickard-Cambridge et al. 97-98.
A.W. Pickard-Cambridge, The Dramatic Festivals of Athens, revised J. Gould and D.M. Lewis (reissued with corrections and a supplement, Oxford 1988)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion
Translated by: Amanda Aponte on 5 November 2009@12:08:12.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 5 November 2009@15:38:58.
David Whitehead (modified and augmented n.3; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 November 2009@03:16:36.
David Whitehead (adjustments) on 25 June 2013@07:13:04.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 14 January 2021@01:04:46.


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