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Headword: *meta/fere sauto/n
Adler number: mu,742
Translated headword: change yourself
Vetting Status: high
[sc. The injunction/proverb arises] because men ought to change themselves and take their affairs in hand.
Greek Original:
*meta/fere sauto/n. o(/ti prosh/kei e(autou\s metafe/rein kai\ metaxeiri/zesqai ta\ pra/gmata.
The headword phrase -- in the imperative mode, and perhaps modelled on the famous Delphic maxim "know yourself" (gamma 333, gamma 334) -- looks proverbial but is not attested as such. The closest extant parallel for it occurs in Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 8.41.1: pa/nta dh\ tau=ta e)pi\ seauto\n meta/fere "change all these things toward yourself".
Keywords: daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; philosophy; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 11 June 2009@05:25:35.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (expanded note, set status) on 11 June 2009@14:50:09.
David Whitehead (augmented note; another keyword) on 12 June 2009@03:03:20.
David Whitehead on 19 May 2013@07:11:00.
David Whitehead on 18 May 2016@04:14:39.


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