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Headword: *zhlw=sai
Adler number: zeta,65
Translated headword: to envy, to emulate, to admire, to be zealous
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to emulate.[1] Herodotus [writes]:[2] "if any one of us tries to emulate their diet, he will fare no better than those who take hemlock or aconite or hellebore".[3]
Greek Original:
*zhlw=sai: mimh/sasqai. *(hro/dotos: w(=n ei)/ tis par' h(mi=n zhlw=sai th\n di/aitan e)pixeirh/sei, ou)de\n a)/meinon diakei/setai tw=n to\ kw/neion prosenegkame/nwn h)\ th\n a)ko/niton h)\ th\n e(lle/boron.
[1] Aorist infinitive(s), the headword one presumably extracted from the quotation given. For the equivalence cf. zeta 60.
[2] No: the quotation is from the emperor Julian, Epistles 155, talking about historians and geographers who describe ethnic groups with a diet different from ours. Herodotus 3.19-25 and 4.186 describes Fish-eaters and Meat-eaters (web addresses 1 and 2 below), which are mentioned in the part of the letter preceding this (see the full version at eta 536).
[3] Hemlock, aconite, and hellebore are poisonous plants: see kappa 2034, alpha 924, and epsilon 771.
C. de Boor, "Suidas und die Konstantinsche Exzerptsammlung I," Byzantinische Zeitschrift 21 (1912) 417-418
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; geography; historiography; medicine
Translated by: Stefano Sanfilippo on 1 June 2005@15:52:30.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked translation; another x-ref; cosmetics) on 2 June 2005@03:58:47.
Catharine Roth (added bibliography) on 31 December 2009@00:55:45.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 29 November 2012@06:19:53.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 2 December 2012@23:50:42.
Catharine Roth (cross-references) on 17 May 2015@00:53:16.
Catharine Roth (another link) on 30 May 2018@01:22:31.


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