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Headword: *diatribh/
Adler number: delta,797
Translated headword: school, amusement, pastime
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] place where some people learn. Or a season [or: opportunity] according to which we turn back on something. Or a philosophical discourse.[1]
It also means pursuit and business, way of living, mode of life, purpose out of which we are about to spend time regarding [certain] matters. Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "if no particular amusement [diatribh/] shall appear in life".[2]
Also [it means] leisure.
"But the pastime and the leisureliness of the approach became voluntary for him, both for the sake of what is undisciplined and for the sake of forethought toward what is going to result."[3]
Greek Original:
*diatribh/: to/pos e)n w(=| tines manqa/nousin. h)\ kairo\s kaq' o(\n a)nastrefo/meqa peri/ ti. h)\ dia/lecis filo/sofos. shmai/nei de\ kai\ to\ e)pith/deuma kai\ to\ a)sxo/lhma, di/aitan, diagwgh/n, pro/fasin a)f' h(=s me/llomen peri\ ta\ pra/gmata diatri/bein. *)aristofa/nhs *plou/tw|: ei) mh\ fanei=tai diatribh/ tis tw=| bi/w|. kai\ h( a)rgi/a. e)gi/neto de\ au)tw=| e(kou/sios h( diatribh\ kai\ th=s e)fo/dou h( sxolaio/ths, tou= te a)ta/ktou e(/neka kai\ tou= e)s to\ a)pobhso/menon promhqou=s.
cf. generally sigma 1802.
[1] See e.g. Epictetus' Discourses (diatri/bai).
[2] Aristophanes, Plutus [Wealth] 923 (of a sheep's life), preceded by comment from the scholia there.
[3] Tentatively attributed to Damascius by Adler; now Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 380 Zintzen.
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; philosophy
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 4 December 2003@13:17:43.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified aspects of translation; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 5 December 2003@03:59:34.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaking) on 2 July 2012@09:14:04.
David Whitehead (coding and other cosmetics) on 30 October 2015@07:45:33.


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