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Headword: *du/sthnos
Adler number: delta,1696
Translated headword: wretched
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] suffering, unfortunate, miserable.[1]
But in Sophokles [the superlative] 'most wretched' is applied to the most abominable, not to pity. [See for example the passage] where he says "o Elektra, child of a most wretched mother."[2] For in this case it is not in reference to pity.
Greek Original:
*du/sthnos: talai/pwros, dustuxh/s, a)/qlios. ta/ttetai de\ para\ *sofoklei= dusthnota/th e)pi\ tou= e)cwlesta/th, ou)k e)pi\ tou= oi)/ktou, e)n oi(=s fhsin: i)w\ pai= dustanota/tas *)hle/ktra mhtro/s. ou) ga/r e)stin nu=n e)pi\ oi)/ktou.
See also delta 1697.
[1] cf. the scholia to Homer, Iliad 6.127.
[2] Sophokles, Elektra 121 (web address 1), with comments from the scholia thereto.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; gender and sexuality; tragedy; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 13 September 2004@21:24:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 14 September 2004@03:43:32.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 23 July 2012@04:13:43.


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