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Headword: *ma=llon ma=llon
Adler number: mu,115
Translated headword: more and more
Vetting Status: high
Meaning ever more. Alexis in Atthis [writes]: "how Zeus casts clouds at first quietly, then more and more."[1] Anaxilas in Hours [and] Alexis in Pezonike [sc. also use the phrase].[2]
This 'more' is said affirmatively, as [in] 'a pirate is no more evil than a liar'. But by the Skeptics it is said not positively, but negatively: as by someone who in refutation says, 'Scylla did not exist, any more than Chimaera did'. And sometimes it is used comparatively, as when we say 'honey is more sweet than grapes'; while sometimes it is used both positively and negatively, as when we say 'virtue does more good than harm'. For [by that] we mean that virtue does good, but does not do harm.[3]
Greek Original:
*ma=llon ma=llon: a)nti\ tou= a)ei\ kai\ ma=llon: *)/alecis *)atqi/di: pw=s e)pinefei= to\ prw=ton o( *zeu\s h(suxh=|, e)/peita ma=llon ma=llon. *)anaci/las *(/wrais, *)/alecis *pezoni/kh|. tou=to to\ ma=llon le/getai qetikw=s, oi(=on ou)de\n ma=llon o( peirath\s kako/s e)stin h)\ o( yeu/sths. u(po\ de\ tw=n *skeptikw=n ou) qetikw=s, a)ll' a)nairetikw=s le/getai: w(s u(po\ tou= a)naskeua/zontos kai\ le/gontos, ou) ma=llon h)\ *sku/lla ge/gonen h)\ *xi/maira. kai/ pote me\n sugkritikw=s e)kfe/retai, w(s o(/tan fw=men, ma=llon to\ me/li gluku\ h)\ th\n stafi/da: pote\ de\ qetikw=s kai\ a)nairetikw=s, w(s o(/tan le/gwmen, ma=llon h( a)reth\ w)felei= h)\ bla/ptei. shmai/nomen ga/r, o(/ti h( a)reth\ w)felei=, bla/ptei d' ou)/.
The Greek of the headword phrase is actually "more more". Besides the instances noted here, LSJ s.v. ma/la, II, cites others from Euripides and Aristophanes.
The first paragraph of the entry is also in Photius (mu77 Theodoridis), and a truncated version in the Lexica Segueriana (Antiatticista 108.5).
[1] Alexis fr. 29 Kock (and K.-A.).
[2] Anaxilas fr. 32 Kock (31 K.-A.); Alexis fr. 181 Kock (186 K.-A.).
[3] Diogenes Laertius 9.75, on Pyrrho, founder of the Skeptic school of philosophy (on which see web address 1); cf. omicron 802.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mythology; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 12 April 2009@06:56:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 April 2009@08:03:44.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 12 April 2009@17:31:05.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 29 April 2013@06:08:10.
David Whitehead (coding) on 17 May 2016@06:11:27.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 4 July 2020@01:33:45.
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