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Headword: *kaka\ kakw=n
Adler number: kappa,140
Translated headword: evils of evils
Vetting Status: high
Diocles in Baccha[1] [writes]: "you will give yourselves evils of evils."[2]
Greek Original:
*kaka\ kakw=n: *dioklh=s *ba/kxh|: plunei=te kaka\ tw=n kakw=n u(ma=s.
The Greek idiom of the headword phrase is difficult to translate. Literally, kaka\ kakw=n meaning "evil things of evil things". The effect seems to be one of intensification, e.g. English "wonder of wonders".
[1] Diocles fr. 2 Kock (and K.-A.); cf. however delta 1155, which suggests that the title of this play was plural Bacchae (rather than singular Baccha as here).
[2] For plu/nw in this sort of sense see LSJ s.v. II, citing the present instance among others: web address 1 below. Note however, that there, and conventionally elsewhere, the line is read "and he will give you..." (i.e. dividing plunei= te rather than plunei=te).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 10 March 2008@05:24:14.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 March 2008@05:47:39.
David Whitehead on 22 January 2013@08:40:43.
David Whitehead on 3 September 2013@07:45:46.


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