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Headword: *)erh/mh di/kh
Adler number: epsilon,2961
Translated headword: deserted lawsuit
Vetting Status: high
[sc. This term was used in classical Athens] whenever the defendant had not appeared for trial and was condemned.[1] Compare also [sc. the phrase] "to be convicted in respect of a deserted [suit]".[2]
"Having convicted the man, as one might say, in respect of a deserted [suit], they drove him mad and accomplished something very greedy".[3]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "deserted grotto", [meaning] an isolated cave.[4]
Greek Original:
*)erh/mh di/kh: o(/tan mh\ a)panth/sas o( diwko/menos e)pi\ th\n di/khn katadikasqh=|. o(/moion kai\ to/, *)erh/mhn a(lw=nai. e)rh/mhn, w(s a)\n ei)/poi tis, to\n a)/ndra e(lo/ntes, e)ce/mhna/n te au)to\n kai\ pleonektikw/taton a)pete/lesan. kai\ *)erhmai/hn sph/lugga, e)rhmiko\n sph/laion.
[1] Likewise in Photius (Lexicon epsilon1910) and elsewhere, including several of the pareoemiographers. From the scholia to Plato, Apology 18C, where the phrase occurs.
[2] Also (unglossed) in Photius, Lexicon epsilon1911; and, again, proverbial.
[3] Quotation unidentifiable. (Adler suggests Aelian.)
[4] Linked by Gaisford, says Adler, with Greek Anthology 6.217.2 (e)rhmai/hn ... spila/da).
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Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 May 2003@05:52:31.
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Catharine Roth on 9 July 2003@00:30:18.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 9 July 2003@03:13:38.
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