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Headword: *ta\ ga\r e)s swfrosu/nhn
Adler number: tau,8
Translated headword: 'For in respect of moderation ...'
Vetting Status: high
'For in respect of moderation ...'[1]: '... he [is] most righteous and he would rival even Bellerophon[2] in moderation.'
Greek Original:
*ta\ ga\r e)s swfrosu/nhn au)to\s dikaio/tatos ka)\n tw=| *bellerofo/nth| swfrosu/nhs a)mfisbhth/seien.
[1] This entry consists of part of a quoted phrase, as headword, with the quotation completed as the gloss. The phrase is from Synesius of Cyrene's Encomium on Baldness 22-3 (PG 66.1169a), where Synesius says how he felt about becoming bald. He was upset at losing his looks, but reflected on his abiding qualities, among which was that 'In respect of Aphrodite, I was most righteous, and I would rival even Bellerophon in moderation.' The quotation in the Suda replaces 'Aphrodite' with 'moderation', creating a repetition where the original has none.
[2] Anteia (or Stheneboea), wife of Proetus, king of Tiryns, tried to seduce Bellerophon/Bellerophontes (beta 231; OCD4 s.v. [p.228]), but he resisted her; this is the point of the reference to Bellerophontes' moderation, shown by his ability to resist unwanted sexual advances. So the first half of the quotation from Synesius has a similar point to the second, since they both refer to self-controlled behaviour in relation to love and/or sex.
J.P. Migne, Patrologia Graeca vol. 66
Keywords: biography; daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality; medicine; mythology; proverbs; rhetoric; women
Translated by: Paul McKechnie on 29 October 2000@19:31:09.
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