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Headword: *sa/kas
Adler number: sigma,33
Translated headword: Sakas
Vetting Status: high
A proper name. [sc. That of] a poet of tragedy.[1] Also [attested are] 'Sakai', a Thracian tribe.[2] Aristophanes [writes]: "we are sick with the opposite disease from Sakas". Akestor was called this because he was a foreigner.[3] The same Aristophanes [writes]: "for he, though he is not a citizen, forces his way in; but we, honored for our tribe and clan, citizens among citizens, fly away out of our homeland without anyone chasing us."[4]
[Note] that Ammonios, an Alexandrian philosopher, the one surnamed Sakkas, became a pagan although he had Christian parents, as Porphyry says.[5]
Greek Original:
*sa/kas: o)/noma ku/rion. tragw|di/as poihth/s. kai\ *sa/kai, e)/qnos *qra|kiko/n. *)aristofa/nhs: no/son nosou=men th\n e)nanti/an *sa/ka|. ou(/tws e)kalei=to o( *)ake/stwr dia\ to\ ce/nos ei)=nai. o( au)to\s *)aristofa/nhs: o( me\n ga\r w)\n ou)k a)sto\s ei)sbia/zetai, h(mei=s de\ fulh=| kai\ ge/nei timw/menoi, a)stoi\ met' a)stw=n, ou) sobou=ntos ou)deno\s a)nepto/meq' e)k th=s patri/dos. o(/ti *)ammw/nios, filo/sofos *)alecandreu/s, o( e)piklhqei\s *sakka=s a)po\ *xristianw=n ge/gonen *(/ellhn, w(/s fhsi *porfu/rios.
[1] cf. alpha 808, where he is called Akas.
[2] See nu 450.
[3] Aristophanes, Birds 31 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there.
[4] Aristophanes, Birds 32-35; cf. alpha 1793 for its continuation.
[5] From alpha 1640.
The term 'Saka' is usually used for Skythians/Scythians.
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995) 146-7
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; Christianity; comedy; definition; geography; philosophy; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 23 January 2002@01:09:37.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added bibliography and keyword; cosmetics) on 23 January 2002@04:23:29.
Nicholas Fincher (added note) on 17 July 2003@05:30:54.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 3 October 2005@10:05:26.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 19 December 2013@04:27:52.
David Whitehead on 19 December 2013@04:28:23.
Catharine Roth (tweaked notes) on 22 December 2013@01:20:32.


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