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Headword: *flauro/taton
Adler number: phi,520
Translated headword: most paltry, worst
Vetting Status: high
"When they had done these things, [that] the most paltry [part] of the army was left." In Herodotus. That is, the bad [part].[1]
And elsewhere: "[...] the vixen, how paltrily once she associated with an eagle."[2]
Also [sc. attested is the related adjective] flaurourgo/s ["bad-worker"], he who has accomplished small bad things.[3]
Sophocles [writes]: "contrivances of some bad-worker man."[4]
Greek Original:
*flauro/taton: poih/santes de\ tau=ta u(polei/pesqai th=s stratia=s to\ flauro/taton. para\ *(hrodo/tw|. toute/sti to\ kako/n. kai\ au)=qis: th\n a)lw/pex' w(s flau/rws e)koinw/nhsen ai)etw=| pote. kai\ *flaurourgo/s, o( mikra\ kaka\ e)rgasa/menos. *sofoklh=s: flaurourgou= tinos peritexnh/mat' a)ndro/s.
The headword, if extracted from the quotation which immediately follows, is neuter nominative/accusative singular of the superlative of flau=ros (phi 519).
[1] An approximation of Herodotus 1.207.7 (web address 1), with comment. In Herodotus the participle is in the accusative plural, poih/santas (not nominative plural as here), and "was left" is also a participle (u(polipome/nous) rather than the infinitive u(polei/pesqai.
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 653-4 (web address 2), using the related adverb; quoted more fully at pi 2185.
[3] Adler notes but does not adopt the emendations of Hermann (mikra\ kai\ kaka\ "small and bad") and Bernhardy (mikra\ h)\ kaka\ "small or bad", or mikra\ kakw=s "small things badly").
[4] Sophocles, Philoctetes 35-6 (web address 3).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 October 2011@01:38:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 October 2011@03:33:44.
David Whitehead on 6 October 2011@10:36:24.
David Whitehead on 13 December 2013@04:03:00.


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