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Headword: *)amnokw=n
Adler number: alpha,1613
Translated headword: lamb-witted.
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] sheep-like, stupid, simple-minded; for sheep [are] like this. Aristophanes [writes]: "and you look out for whoever of the citizens is lamb-witted, rich and not rascally and afraid of trouble [sc. in court]." That is, cautious and fearful of getting involved in [legal] trouble; for many through cowardice and their easy-going characters prefer to be penalized than go through a lawsuit. And people of this sort, [Aristophanes] is saying, Kleon would pick out, put into a fear of [legal] troubles, and easily abuse.
Greek Original:
*)amnokw=n: probatw/dhs, mwro/s, eu)h/qhs: toiau=ta ga\r kai\ ta\ pro/bata. *)aristofa/nhs: kai\ skopei=s ge tw=n politw=n o(/stis e)sti\n a)mnokw=n, plou/sios kai\ mh\ ponhro\s kai\ tre/mwn ta\ pra/gmata. toute/stin eu)labou/menos kai\ fobou/menos katasth=nai ei)s pra/gmata: polloi\ ga\r dia\ deili/an kai\ tro/pwn e)piei/keian ai(rou=ntai zhmiwqh=nai ma=llon h)\ xwrh=sai dia\ di/khs. kai\ tou\s toiou/tous, fhsi/, sunepilego/menos o( *kle/wn, katasth/sas ei)s fo/bon tou= pare/cein pra/gmata e)phre/aze r(a|di/ws.
Aristophanes, Knights 264-5 (web address 1), with scholion.
The man addressed is Kleon/Cleon, the Athenian demagogue (died 422 BCE); OCD(4) p.332. He appears several times in the Suda, most significantly at kappa 1731.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; economics; ethics; history; imagery; law; politics; zoology
Translated by: Oliver Phillips ✝ on 5 December 2000@11:15:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; cosmetics) on 1 March 2001@10:17:11.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 1 August 2006@09:24:45.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 15 February 2012@07:12:26.
Catharine Roth (modified link) on 19 February 2012@00:22:59.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@05:20:39.
David Whitehead on 16 June 2015@11:45:52.


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