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Headword: *flau=ron
Adler number: phi,519
Translated headword: petty, trivial, bad
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] paltry or slight evil. For flau=ron and fau=lon are different: a small evil is flau=ron, but a big one [is] fau=lon.[1]
*flau=ron [means] nonsensical, distasteful, ill-omened,[2] grievous. In Aristophanes.
"It is bad for a an old man to stand upright, who fell as a young man." That is, it is impossible for a man who has once fallen in youth to be set upright in old age.[3]
"Speak auspiciously, and say nothing petty about upright and intelligent men, of whom because of frugality no one ever shaved himself or anointed himself or went to a bath-house to wash himself."[4]
Greek Original:
*flau=ron: fau=lon h)\ kou=fon kako/n. diafe/rei ga\r flau=ron kai\ fau=lon: flau=ron me\n ga/r e)sti to\ mikro\n kako/n, fau=lon de\ to\ me/ga. *flau=ron, flu/aron, a)hde/s, du/sfhmon, luphro/n. para\ *)aristofa/nei. ge/ronta d' o)rqou=n flau=ron, o(\s ne/os pe/sh|. toute/sti to\n a(/pac e)n neo/thti peso/nta e)n gh/ra| o)rqou=sqai a)du/naton. eu)sto/mei, kai\ mhde\n ei)/ph|s flau=ron a)/ndras deciou\s kai\ nou=n e)/xontas, w(=n u(po\ th=s feidwli/as a)pekei/rat' ou)dei\s pw/pot', ou)d' h)lei/yato, ou)d' ei)s balanei=on h)=lqe louso/menos.
[1] Same or similar glosses in other lexica (references at Photius phi218 Theodoridis), and in a scholion on Aristophanes, Clouds 834 (see below).
[2] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Peace 96; cf. phi 140.
[3] Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus 395 (web address 1), with scholion.
[4] Aristophanes, Clouds 833-7 (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
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Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; economics; ethics; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 10 September 2011@01:20:38.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 11 September 2011@04:53:31.
David Whitehead on 13 December 2013@03:56:05.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 4 March 2023@19:15:10.


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