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Headword: *ble/pein ga\r a)/ntikrus do/ceis m' *)/arh
Adler number: beta,329
Translated headword: for you will think that I look a downright Ares
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those promising to act with every strength and to muster themselves to aid. You will consider me, he is saying, an Ares to look at, successful and practical.
Greek Original:
*ble/pein ga\r a)/ntikrus do/ceis m' *)/arh: e)pi\ tw=n u(pisxnoume/nwn panti\ sqe/nei pra/ttein kai\ suna/rasqai pro\s boh/qeian. do/ceis me, fhsi/n, *)/area o(ra=n katorqwtiko\n kai\ praktiko/n.
The headword phrase quotes Aristophanes, Plutus [Wealth] 328 (web address 1 below), and the gloss draws on the scholia there -- Ares standing for martial prowess. The form of the gloss implies that the line became proverbial, and so it (eventually) did: see Apostolius 4.98.
The chorus is parodying tragedic phraseology, e.g. Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes 53.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; imagery; military affairs; mythology; proverbs; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 10 December 2001@13:10:23.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added keyword; cosmetics) on 11 December 2001@06:18:38.
Catharine Roth (cosmetic) on 12 December 2001@00:11:24.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link, raised status) on 14 October 2011@01:33:36.
David Whitehead (augmented note; more keywords; tweaks) on 14 October 2011@03:30:14.
David Whitehead on 29 May 2012@05:00:59.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 20 June 2012@00:58:11.


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