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Headword: Arasthai
Adler number: alpha,3741
Translated headword: to lift up, to raise up
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to carry off.[1]
Or to take, to pack away.
By as much as the magnitude of the succession was increased in argument, by so much rather this man reduced it by persuasion, since it was at any rate a greater burden than he could lift up on his own. "For if someone", he said, "was calling me to a priesthood, I admit that the thing is dearest to God and most holy, but all the same I would have conceded my fear of weakness: I am both humbled and put to shame before this greatness and immensity and 'I decline' the priesthood like Pindar,[2] not as something baser, as he [did], but as something better than myself."[3]
Greek Original:
Arasthai: apenenkasthai. ê labein, phortisasthai. hosôi de êuxeto tês diadochês to megethos en tôi logôi, tosoutôi mallon houtos pros tên peithô sunestelleto, meizon ge on ê kath' heauton arasthai phortion. kai gar ei tis me, ephê, pros hierôsunên ekalei, homologôn einai to chrêma theophilestaton te kai hosiôtaton, homôs to emautou deos hômologêsa an tês astheneias: hupokataklinomenos te kai dusôpoumenos pros to mega touto kai pammega tês hierôsunês aphistamai kata Pindaron, ou mentoi tou cheironos, hôs ekeinos, alla tou kreittonos kat' emauton.
[1] Same glossing in other lexica. The headword infinitive is perhaps (though not necessarily) extracted from the quotation given.
[2] Pindar, Olympian Odes 1.83 uses the word a)fi/stamai (web address 1 below).
[2] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 252 Zintzen (150 Asmus); cf. fr.55 for a similar appeal to Pindar.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; poetry; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 December 2001@13:10:35.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 23 August 2002@06:58:12.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword) on 10 April 2012@05:01:19.
David Whitehead on 30 August 2015@07:44:49.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 18 October 2015@00:39:54.


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