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Headword: *)aposiw/phsis
Adler number: alpha,3521
Translated headword: aposiopesis, clamming up, sudden silence
Vetting Status: high
A type of [rhetorical] figure; as in Aristophanes: "... o by no means!"[1] There is is also [something] similar in Demosthenes. "O - but what should someone say to describe you correctly?"[2] For after [Aristophanes] had said "by no means" he said "o by no means!"
Greek Original:
*)aposiw/phsis: sxh/matos ei)=dos: w(s para\ *)aristofa/nei: w)= mhdamw=s. e)/sti de\ kai\ para\ *dhmosqe/nei to\ o(/moion. a)ll' w)= ti/ a)/n se/ tis proseipw\n o)rqw=s prosei/poi; ei)rhko/tos ga\r au)tou= mhdamw=s, ei)=pen, w)= mhdamw=s.
cf. omega 86 (a rare instance of a cross-reference missed by Adler).
[1] Aristophanes, Acharnians 334 (web address 1 below), with scholion.
[2] Demosthenes 18.22 (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; rhetoric
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 3 June 2001@18:54:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation and notes; cosmetics) on 4 June 2001@05:52:49.
David Whitehead (restorative cosmetics) on 22 August 2002@04:04:55.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 5 April 2012@05:16:51.
Catharine Roth (tweaked links) on 27 September 2015@01:06:43.


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