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Headword: *ou)k a)/llws poiei=tai
Adler number: omicron,845
Translated headword: it is not idly done
Vetting Status: high
Meaning [done] not in vain.[1]
Greek Original:
*ou)k a)/llws poiei=tai: a)nti\ tou= ou) ma/thn.
The headword phrase as transmitted employs the present indicative middle/passive, third person singular, of the contract verb poie/w, I make, do, act); see LSJ s.v. Nevertheless, it has been taken to be generated by Plato, Phaedrus 232A (web address 1): Phaedrus lectures Socrates that a lover is proud to show publicly that he has not toiled (pepo/nhtai: perfect indicative middle/passive, third person singular, of pone/w, I perform through toil; see LSJ s.v.) in vain for his newfound passion. See further, next note.
[1] The Suda's entry is identical to that in Photius' Lexicon (omicron630 Theodoridis), except that the latter transmits ponei=tai, present indicative middle/passive, third person singular, of pone/w; cf. Timaeus, Platonic Lexicon omicron998a11 and Synagoge 920a. The scholia to Plato, Phaedrus 232A, provide essentially the same gloss.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; philosophy
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 15 June 2010@04:02:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked headword and tr; cosmetics) on 16 June 2010@03:25:45.
David Whitehead on 1 August 2013@03:59:02.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 10 August 2013@18:40:09.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 23 December 2014@00:17:20.


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