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Headword: *deina\ me\n ou)=n
Adler number: delta,332
Translated headword: terrible things indeed
Vetting Status: high
"[Terrible things indeed,] I a wise interpreter am stirred up with terrible things, neither approving nor denying; I am at a loss as to what I should say: I am aflutter with hopes seeing neither the present nor the past."[1] "Approving" and "denying" things [are] neither trustworthy nor untrustworthy.
Greek Original:
*deina\ me\n ou)=n, deina\ tara/ssomai sofo\s oi)wnoqe/tas, ou)/te dokou=nt' ou)/t' a)pofa/skonq': o(/ ti le/cw d' a)porw=: pe/tomai d' e)lpi/sin ou)/t' e)nqa/d' o(rw=n ou)/t' o)pi/sw. dokou=nta de\ kai\ a)pofa/skonta ou)/te pista\ ou)/te a)/pista.
[1] Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 483-6 (web address 1), which reads tara/ssei ["he stirs up"] - the subject being Teiresias (tau 453) - for the lexicon's tara/ssomai ["I am stirred up"]. The participles might be understood as masculine accusative singular (agreeing with "me" understood) or as neuter accusative plural (agreeing with deina/). The sentence which follows in the gloss, adopting the latter interpretation, is from the scholia to line 485. See LSJ s.v. a)pofa/skw.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 10 September 2002@01:12:26.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 16 September 2002@03:32:52.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 20 June 2012@05:35:05.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation and note) on 16 July 2016@22:12:44.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 17 July 2016@00:57:54.


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