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Headword: *doca/sai
Adler number: delta,1370
Translated headword: to suppose
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to suspect, to fancy.
Aristophanes [writes]: "[you are free] to suppose, girls, [sc. that I love you], but the truth I am not in a position to say".[1]
And Sophocles [writes]: "I had the idea of going to the temples of the gods, while holding those wreaths in both my hands".[2]
The serious person should not make suppositions, that is should not agree with a lie.[3]
Greek Original:
*doca/sai: u(ponoh=sai, ei)ka/sai. *)aristofa/nhs: doca/sai e)sti\ ko/rai, to\ d' e)th/tumon ou)k e)/xw ei)pei=n. kai\ *sofoklh=s: do/ca moi paresta/qh naou\s i(ke/sqai daimo/nwn ta/d' e)n xeroi=n ste/fh labou/sh|. o(/ti to\n spoudai=on ou) dei= doca/sai, toute/sti yeu/dei mh\ sugkatati/qesqai.
The headword is the aorist infinitive of the active verb doca/zw (delta 1366).
[1] In Aristophanes, Peace 119, Trygaeus says to his daughters doca/sai e)/sti, ko/rai, to\ d' e)th/tumon, a)/xqomai u(mi=n; "... but the truth [is], I am angry with you". The scholia there quote the line with the ending given also here in the Suda, and identify this as a line from Euripides' lost tragedy Aeolus (Euripides fr.118).
[2] An approximation of Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 911-913 (Jocasta talking to the magistrates of Thebes); it contains not the headword verb but the related noun.
[3] Stoic doctrine: an approximation of Diogenes Laertius 7.121.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; philosophy; religion; tragedy; women
Translated by: Konstantinos Kopanias on 29 May 2005@09:37:53.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked headword and translation; modifications to notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 30 May 2005@03:16:14.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 16 July 2012@07:52:49.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 13 November 2015@05:01:34.
Catharine Roth (betacode typo) on 13 November 2015@23:47:08.


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