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Headword: Phôta
Adler number: phi,677
Translated headword: human, mortal
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] man.[1]
For not only does "great risk not get hold of a feeble man", as Pindar says,[2] but the great man undertakes no small contest; rather, where other exiles run off because of unmanliness, here [the great man] taking risks ventures in, "where men's valour is discerned",[3] according to the Poet.[4]
Greek Original:
Phôta: andra. ou gar monon ho megas kindunos analkin ou phôta lambanei, hôs legei Pindaros, alla kai ho megas anêr oudena mikron agôna prosietai: all' hopou phugades alloi di' anandrian apodidraskousin, entautha katabainei paraballomenos, enth' aretê diaeidetai andrôn, kata ton Poiêtên.
[1] From the scholia to Homer, Iliad 2.164, where the headword (accusative case) occurs. Likewise or similarly in other lexica.
[2] Pindar, Olympian 1.81. [web address 1]
[3] A slight misquotation of Homer, Iliad13.277, e)/nqa ma/list' a)reth\ diaei/detai a)ndrw=n, "where men's valour is best discerned". [web address 2]
[4] (Homer.) This whole paragraph = fr. 65 Zintzen of Damascius, Life of Isidore. See also alpha 1941, where this fragment is also quoted, as far as "ventures in"; also delta 552, kappa 474.
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Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; poetry; proverbs
Translated by: Andrew Morrison on 3 April 2003@09:22:50.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 3 April 2003@09:39:41.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 3 April 2003@17:56:00.
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David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks) on 29 April 2011@05:50:40.
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