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Headword: *mu=qos
Adler number: mu,1389
Translated headword: myth
Vetting Status: high
A false account, simulating the truth.[1]
Fable [ainos] differs from myth[2] in that the fable is created not for children but for [adult] men, and not for entertainment alone but also to provide some advice; for its purpose is, by dissimulating, to give some advice and instructions -- just as Hesiod obviously did.[3]
Greek Original:
*mu=qos: lo/gos yeudh/s, ei)koni/zwn th\n a)lh/qeian. diafe/rei de\ ai)=nos mu/qou tw=| to\n ai)=non mh\ pro\s pai=das, a)lla\ pro\s a)/ndras pepoih=sqai, kai\ mh\ pro\s yuxagwgi/an mo/non, a)lla\ kai\ parai/nesin e)/xein tina/: bou/letai ga\r e)pikrupto/menos parainei=n ti kai\ dida/skein: o(/per *(hsi/odos fai/netai pepoihkw/s.
[1] Likewise or similarly in the Synagoge and other lexica: see the references at Photius mu578 Theodoridis.
[2] This supplementary gloss (from one of the Letters of the emperor Julian) is repeated from alphaiota 230.
[3] A reference to Hesiod's tale of the hawk and the nightingale: Hesiod, Works and Days 202 (web address 1 below).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: children; definition; ethics; mythology; poetry; rhetoric
Translated by: William Hutton on 24 May 1999@01:26:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; added keywords; cosmetics) on 25 May 2001@05:51:46.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 16 November 2005@08:22:36.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 28 May 2013@09:13:47.
David Whitehead (coding) on 18 May 2016@11:11:10.


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