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Headword: *drasei/eis
Adler number: delta,1508
Translated headword: you wish to do
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] you have it in mind to do. "O Zeus, what do you wish to do, longingly, to the people?" Aristophanes [says this].
Also [sc. attested is the participle] drasei/ontes,[1] [meaning they] desiring to do something.
Greek Original:
*drasei/eis: dra=n dianoh=|. w)= *zeu=, ti/ drasei/eis poqw=n to\n lew/n; *)aristofa/nhs. kai\ *drasei/ontes, e)piqumou=ntes pra=cai/ ti.
The headword is the second person singular, present indicative active, of the desiderative form of the verb dra/w (delta 1488, delta 1489, delta 1507, delta 1511). The passage quoted is Aristophanes, Peace 62, but with a corruption at poqw=n, where a short syllable necessary for the metre is omitted. The texts of Aristophanes read ti/ drasei/eis poq' h(mw=n to\n lew/n "what ever do you wish to do to our people?"
The verb dra/w is here used with the double accusative in the sense of "how do you want to treat our people" (i.e. well or badly?); cf. web address 1 (see "c. dupl. acc."). This is a comparatively rare construction, and it is possible that Aristophanes intends the meaning, "O Zeus, why ever do you wish to sacrifice our people?" (see LSJ II).
[1] Same participle but with different glossing in Hesychius delta2328. Quoted from somewhere other than Aristophanes; perhaps Aelian, On the nature of animals 5.6 (in an anecdote about a dolphin at Aenus).
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 14 March 2002@08:28:35.
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