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Headword: *)aswti/a
Adler number: alpha,4194
Translated headword: prodigality
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] error.[1]
"And to shun each equally -- not incurring necessary costs, and incurring unnecessary ones -- on the basis that the latter is prodigality, whether quite great or rather paltry, and the former stinginess."[2]
Also [sc. attested is the related adjective] a)/swtos ["prodigal"], [meaning] one who is ruined and not liable to be saved. Sophocles [writes]: "or of the prodigal line of Sisyphus."[3]
Also [sc. attested is the related adverb] a)sw/tws ["prodigally"], [meaning] shamefully.[4]
Greek Original:
*)aswti/a: h( a(marti/a. e(ka/teron o(moi/ws a)postre/fesqai, to/ te de/on mh\ poiei=sqai a)na/lwma kai\ to\ mh\ de/on poiei=sqai, w(s tou=to me\n a)swti/an ou)=san, ei)/te mei/zw ei)/te faulote/ran, e)kei=no de\ smikrologi/an. kai\ *)/aswtos, o( e)cw/lhs, o( sw/|zesqai mh\ o)fei/lwn. *sofoklh=s: h)\ th=s a)sw/tou *sisufidw=n genea=s. kai\ *)asw/tws, ai)sxrw=s.
[1] Adler reports a similar entry in the Ambrosian Lexicon.
[2] Quotation unidentifiable.
[3] Sophocles, Ajax 190 (which reads *Sisufida=n for the lexicon's *Sisufidw=n: web address 1 below), preceded by comment from the scholia there.
[4] Same glossing in other lexica; probably quoted (as Latte on Hesychius s.v. claims) from the New Testament (Luke 15.13).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: Christianity; definition; economics; ethics; mythology; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 31 December 2001@18:32:12.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note) on 1 January 2002@06:19:23.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 1 December 2005@05:38:53.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link, expanded notes, cosmetics) on 12 October 2011@22:50:40.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 25 April 2012@05:54:15.
David Whitehead on 1 September 2015@09:06:07.
Catharine Roth (tweaked betacode) on 27 November 2015@23:54:43.


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