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Headword: *fitu=sai
Adler number: phi,474
Translated headword: to sow, to plant
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to beget. [He] applies it to the father, but to a mother not here; instead, gennh=sai ["to beget"] [sc. is said also of a mother]. And fitu/ontos ["of a sower"] similarly [is said] of the begetter.[1] But also the offspring is called fi/tuma. Eupolis in Autolycus [writes]: "but you brought a fresh offspring of the cattle."[2]
Greek Original:
*fitu=sai: gennh=sai. e)pi\ tou= patro\s ti/qhsin, e)pi\ de\ mhtro\s ou)ke/ti, a)lla\ gennh=sai. kai\ fitu/ontos o(moi/ws tou= gennw=ntos. le/getai de\ kai\ to\ ge/nnhma fi/tuma. *eu)/polis *au)tolu/kw|: a)ta\r h)/gages kaino\n fi/tuma tw=n bow=n.
The headword is the aorist active infinitive of fitu/w. If it is quoted from somewhere, the extant possibilities -- outside lexica and scholia (references at Photius phi214 Theodoridis) -- are two: (?)Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 233, and Plato, Laws 879D. The fact that the first part of this entry also appears in Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon might seem to tip the balance of probability in favour of the Laws passage; however, this material as a whole actually occurs in the scholia to Plato, Critias 116C, where the infinitive does not occur but the phrase e)fi/tusan kai\ e)ge/nnhsan does.
See also the scholia to Aristophanes, Peace 1164; cf. phi 473.
[1] This participle is doubtless extracted (as Theodoridis asserts) from Plato, Republic 461A.
[2] Eupolis fr. 49 Kock (56 K.-A.).
Keywords: botany; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; imagery; philosophy; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 25 October 2011@01:28:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 25 October 2011@06:52:25.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaking) on 12 December 2013@05:58:55.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 20 April 2014@15:46:35.
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