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Headword: Amathêtos
Adler number: alpha,1470
Translated headword: ignorant, simple
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] untaught.[1]
"Justinus was ignorant of letters altogether and was, in a word, unlettered".[2]
Also, "you are ignorant and idle and have not even treaded Aesop".[3] In reference to idiots. The [verb] path=sai ["to tread"] [is] equivalent to to be familiar with; just as we speak of "arriving" somewhere. And again Aristophanes [writes]: "speak in a simpler and clearer way". From the proverb, "talk to me more clearly and more simply."[4]
Greek Original:
Amathêtos: adidaktos. ho de Ioustinos amathêtos ên grammatôn hapantôn kai to dê legomenon analphabêtos. kai, amathês ephus kou polupragmôn oude ton Aisôpon pepatêkas. epi tôn idiôtôn. to de patêsai ison esti tôi endiatripsai: hôs to aphikesthai pou legomen. kai authis Aristophanês: amathesteron pôs eipe kai saphesteron. para tên paroimian, saphesteron moi kamathesteron phrason.
[1] cf. generally alpha 1468, alpha 1469.
[2] Procopius, Secret History 6.11; cf. alpha 1952, iota 449.
[3] Aristophanes, Birds 471 (web address 1), with scholion.
[4] Aristophanes, Frogs 1445 (web address 2), with scholion; quoted more extensively at sigma 163.
Associated internet addresses:
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Web address 2
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; historiography; history; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 12 June 2000@10:37:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation, note, keywords; cosmetics) on 16 January 2001@11:18:28.
David Whitehead (added keywords; restorative and other cosmetics) on 5 July 2002@04:04:13.
David Whitehead (x-refs; another keyword; tweaks) on 11 February 2012@08:49:21.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 12 March 2012@23:44:55.
William Hutton (added cross-reference) on 17 October 2013@08:46:37.
David Whitehead on 14 June 2015@09:44:32.


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