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Headword: *ma/taion. *ma/thn
Adler number: mu,278
Translated headword: vain, empty, foolish
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] vainly.[1]
[Also attested is] ma/thn, used differently. Ionians [sc. use it so].[2]
Greek Original:
*ma/taion. *ma/thn, matai/ws. *ma/thn, a)/llws. *)/iwnes.
[1] The twin headwords (given a single translation here) are ma/taion and ma/thn. The latter is a poetic adverb, originally the accusative of ma/th "folly". (The Doric form is ma/tan: Alcman, Pindar, tragic lyrics.) See also Photius mu143 Theodoridis.
[2] cf. Photius mu144 Theodoridis.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 24 April 2009@01:07:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented notes) on 27 April 2009@08:26:47.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 9 May 2013@03:56:57.


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