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Headword: *diapeinw=men a)ei\ pro\s to\ pu=r
Adler number: delta,694
Translated headword: we always go hungry by the fire
Vetting Status: high
[sc. This is said] contrary to expectation. As if he said 'we always drink by the fire'; but he said 'we go hungry' instead.[1] For during winter drinks are taken by the fire. But he spoke this way because of the famine;[2] in other words 'we go hungry extremely', so that we also take off our cloaks and sit by the fire because of the cold. Or 'we are ardently and unusually hungry', which is even better.
Greek Original:
*diapeinw=men a)ei\ pro\s to\ pu=r: para\ prosdoki/an. w(sei\ e)/fh, diapi/nomen a)ei\ pro\s to\ pu=r: o( de\ ei)=pe diapeinw=men: oi( ga\r po/toi xeimw=nos pro\s to\ pu=r gi/nontai. ei)/rhke de\ ou(/tw dia\ to\n limo/n. toute/stin e)sxa/tws peinw=men, w(/ste kai\ ta\ i(ma/tia a)poduo/menoi kaqezo/meqa pro\s to\ pu=r dia\ to\ r(i=gos. h)\ diapu/rws kai\ e)kto/pws peinw=men: o(\ kai\ be/ltion.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Acharnians 751 (web address 1), where the words are spoken by the Megarian character in the Doric dialect (diapeina=mes for diapeinw=men, etc.). Summarily repeated at delta 700.
[1] There is a pun here, lots in translation, between diapeina/w (the verb actually used) and diapi/nw.
[2] After six years of the Peloponnesian War, including Athenian economic sanctions against them, the Megarians are represented in this play as starving.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: clothing; comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; geography; history
Translated by: William Hutton on 21 October 2003@00:01:39.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added x-ref; cosmetics) on 21 October 2003@03:08:04.
William Hutton (supplied missing reference) on 22 October 2003@07:17:05.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaking) on 1 July 2012@08:40:33.
David Whitehead (another note) on 1 July 2012@08:43:40.


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