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Headword: Παραιτησάμενος
Adler number: pi,507
Translated headword: begging off
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"He gave back the gold, with the intention of begging off the anger of the god with it; 'fool, he did not even know what he was about to suffer, for the intent of the ever-living gods is not easily diverted.'"[1]
Greek Original:
Παραιτησάμενος. ἀπέδωκε τὸν χρυσόν, ὡς παραιτησόμενος τοῦ θεοῦ δι' αὐτοῦ τὸν χόλον: νήπιος, οὐδὲ τὸ ᾔδει, ὃ πείσεσθαι ἔμελλεν: οὐ γάρ τ' αἶψα θεῶν τρέπεται νόος αἰὲν ἐόντων.
Notes:
The (unglossed) headword is the aorist middle participle, masculine singular nominative, of the verb παραιτέομαι . For other forms of the same verb (used here in a slightly different sense) see pi 504 to pi 506 and pi 508 to pi 510.
The headword is presumably quoted from somewhere, but not from the quotation given, which contains the corresponding future participle instead. Possible sources include the source of pi 504, where the headword appears. There the word is used in the more common sense of beseeching a person, but the form may have inspired a mistranscription here. In a passage that generated some commentary in the scholia, Aelius Aristeides, Panathenaic Oration 133, uses the participle in the current sense.
[1] A paraphrase of Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities 20.9.2 (= Constantine Porphyrogenitus, Excerpta de virtutibus 2.83), incorporating a quotation of Homer, Odyssey 3.146-7. The subject of the sentence is King Pyrrhus of Epirus (pi 3232). The paraphrase mistakes the gender of the deity in question.
Keywords: biography; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; epic; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs; poetry; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 1 August 2011@09:13:59.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-ref; another keyword; cosmetics) on 1 August 2011@09:44:16.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 14 September 2013@06:08:04.

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