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Headword: *sugxrwti/zesqai
Adler number: sigma,1313
Translated headword: to take on the same color
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] to come near. For Zeno of Kition received a prophecy when he was inquiring of the oracle concerning his life, how he might become happy [eu)dai/mwn], if he should resemble the corpses in their color; this point is made in the books of the ancients.[1] That is, to practice one's studies and to nurture the kingly soul with words.[2]
Look also under "Egyptian vine."[3]
Greek Original:
*sugxrwti/zesqai: plhsia/zein. *zh/nwni ga\r tw=| *kitiei= e)xrh/sqh, punqanome/nw| peri\ bi/ou, pw=s a)\n eu)dai/mwn ge/noito, ei) sugxrwti/zoito toi=s nekroi=s: o(/ e)sti toi=s bibli/ois toi=s tw=n a)rxai/wn. toute/sti mele/thn a)skei=n kai\ lo/gois tre/fein yuxh\n th\n basi/leian. kai\ zh/tei [e)n tw=|] *ai)gupti/a klhmati/s.
Notes:
[1] Repeated from zeta 79. (The 'books of the ancients' point has become somewhat obscured under both entries: what Diog.Laert. 7.2 says is that Zeno studied them himself.)
[2] (Aristotle likewise associates eu)daimoni/a with the contemplative life: Nicomachean Ethics 1177b15). The phrase yuxh\n th\n basi/leian should perhaps read yuxh\n th=s basilei/as: so Jonathan Toup (1713-1785), citing Matthew 13:19 ('the word of the kingdom'). In any event, this sentence puts a favourable gloss on the headword, as used in this particular context.
[3] alphaiota 76.
Keywords: biography; definition; ethics; geography; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 28 November 2002@09:20:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 28 November 2002@09:57:26.
David Whitehead (emended a vetting comment) on 28 November 2002@10:40:54.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 18 November 2005@10:22:07.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 4 May 2008@11:09:42.
David Whitehead on 2 January 2014@05:45:12.
David Whitehead (coding) on 27 May 2016@03:12:42.

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