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Headword: *semnuno/menos
Adler number: sigma,229
Translated headword: priding oneself
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning one who is] boasting.[1]
"Dionysodoros, priding himself that none of his melodies were heard, like those of Ismenias, either on a warship or at a fountain".[2]
Greek Original:
*semnuno/menos: kompa/zwn. semnuno/menos o( *dionuso/dwros e)pi\ tw=| mhde/na tw=n krouma/twn au)tou= mh/t' e)pi\ trih/rous mh/t' e)pi\ krh/nhs a)khkoe/nai, kaqa/per *)ismhni/ou.
This verb in the active voice means 'honour, praise, reverence' and has a positive, usually religious, sense. The middle voice appears in usage a true reflexive 'honour oneself, pride oneself', and thus may be used also in a negative sense. The overtone must be taken from the context, e.g. the following translations are found in SOL: 'boast' (alpha 389, phi 94)), 'brag' (tau 893), 'took pride' (beta 93), 'be arrogant' (beta 532), 'be reserved' (theta 521), cf. LSJ 'affect a grave and solemn air'.
[1] cf. the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 1020, where the headword occurs.
[2] Diogenes Laertius 4.22. [Adler notes Hemsterhuis' emendation of e)pi\ krh/nhs "at a fountain to e)pi\ skhnh=s "on the stage", and Bernhardy's objection to it.] The writer is comparing two distinguished philosophers, Polemo (pi 1887) and Crates (kappa 2342), to an otherwise unknown aulos-player (delta 1184), who played only for select audiences. The point is that the two philosophers were no friends of the people filodhmw/dee, and presumably did not bother with their inferiors. He appears to make no judgment on this sort of pride.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; military affairs; meter and music; philosophy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 November 2002@05:57:29.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 28 November 2002@11:42:05.
Robert Dyer (Modified and extended notes on use of the verb) on 4 January 2003@18:01:39.
David Whitehead (typo in translation; another keyword) on 30 July 2004@08:19:18.
David Whitehead on 23 December 2013@04:20:08.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 25 March 2014@07:26:44.


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