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Headword: *)ant' a)/llhs a)rxh=s e)sti tou=to dra=n
Adler number: alpha,2607
Translated headword: this is what we do instead of [starting] another empire
Vetting Status: high
That is, innovating instead of ruling, and neglecting the old customs.
Greek Original:
*)ant' a)/llhs a)rxh=s e)sti tou=to dra=n: toute/stin a)nti\ tou= a)/rxein to\ kainotomei=n, tw=n de\ a)rxai/wn a)melei=n.
The headword phrase is a loose quotation of Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 587 (web address 1). See again, equally but differently loosely, at kappa 1177. The gloss is from the scholia there. The Greek relies on arche/archaia punning. And in historical terms the implication is that, less than a decade after the collapse of the Athenian Empire at the end of the Peloponnesian War (404 BCE), the Athenians' energies are for the time being inward-looking.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; history; politics
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 6 July 2000@13:12:10.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; augmented note; added keyword) on 11 March 2001@09:09:17.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, keyword, status) on 15 May 2008@16:22:41.
David Whitehead on 22 July 2015@02:55:46.


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