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Headword: *taxubou/lois
Adler number: tau,202
Translated headword: hasty-deciding, quick to reach decisions
Vetting Status: high
Meaning quickly changing their minds, precipitate, thoughtless. The Athenians are butts of comedy for being like this, and because they quickly change their minds about decisions they have reached.
Greek Original:
*taxubou/lois: a)nti\ tou= taxe/ws metaballome/nois, propete/sin, a)periske/ptois. kwmw|dou=ntai de\ oi( *)aqhnai=oi w(s toiou=toi, kai\ o(/ti taxe/ws metanoou=sin e)n oi(=s bouleu/ontai.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Acharnians 630, where the headword (a dative plural) occurs (web address 1): at the opening of the parabasis the chorus-leader says that Aristophanes' enemies are slandering him 'amongst the hasty-deciding Athenians'.
LSJ s.v. suggests that this may be an allusion to the overnight change of decision, three years earlier, about punishing the revolt of Mytilene (Thucydides 3.36).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; politics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 March 2010@10:49:23.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 24 March 2010@01:33:26.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 24 March 2010@04:13:28.
David Whitehead on 7 January 2014@06:36:50.
David Whitehead on 13 June 2016@03:08:00.


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