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Headword: *eu)stomei=n
Adler number: epsilon,3753
Translated headword: to speak euphonious words
Vetting Status: high
The [verb that means] to speak auspiciously.[1] And the Ionians say eu)/stoma kei/sqw ["let euphonious words prevail"].[2]
Greek Original:
*eu)stomei=n: to\ eu)fhmei=n. kai\ oi( *)/iwnes eu)/stoma kei/sqw fasi/.
See also epsilon 3754 (the adjective eu)/stomos).
[1] cf. a scholion on Aristophanes, Clouds 834 (where the imperative eu)sto/mei occurs: web address 1).
[2] Herodotus 2.171.1 (web address 2): the historian says that he could give a full account of the Mystery-ceremonies associated with the death of Osiris (omicron 693) but will instead maintain a pious silence. Same again in 2.171.2 in respect of the Eleusinian Mysteries; and this Herodotean phrase was apparently memorable enough to be quoted three times by Plutarch (Moralia 417C, 607C, 636E).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 11 October 2006@01:25:56.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented notes and keywords) on 11 October 2006@03:27:14.
David Whitehead (more for n.2) on 11 October 2006@05:00:51.
David Whitehead on 15 November 2012@04:30:37.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links, coding) on 15 November 2012@19:43:04.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 16 March 2016@04:26:22.


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