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Headword: *kata\ qei=on
Adler number: kappa,555
Translated headword: divinely, out of the blue
Vetting Status: high
Thus they used to say that those who appeared suddenly had been seen kata\ qei=on. And in reference to [events] happening suddenly, that is appearing opportunely, they used to say kata\ qei=on. So since the sausage-seller appeared suddenly when they wished but did not expect [him], [Aristophanes] said: "here he comes into the agora as if out of the blue".
Greek Original:
*kata\ qei=on: tou\s e)cai/fnhs fainome/nous ou(/tws e)/legon kata\ qei=on w)=fqai. kai\ e)pi\ tw=n e)cai/fnhs ginome/nwn, toute/stin eu)kai/rws e)pifainome/nwn, kata\ qei=on e)/legon. e)pei\ ou)=n kai\ o( a)llantopw/lhs ai)fni/dion boulome/nois me/n, mh\ prosdokh/sasi de\ e)pefa/nh, ei)=pen: o(di\ prose/rxetai w(/sper kata\ qei=on ei)s a)gora/n.
Aristophanes, Knights 146-7, with scholion.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; imagery; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 22 April 2008@16:18:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 23 April 2008@03:33:51.
David Whitehead on 31 January 2013@05:22:12.


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