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Headword: Arista
Adler number: alpha,3891
Translated headword: best
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] finest.[1]
And [there is] a proverb: "a lame man mounts best." In reference to those who chose their own evils rather than the good things of another.[2]
Greek Original:
Arista: kallista. kai paroimia: Arista chôlos huphei. epi tôn ta oikeia kaka mallon hairoumenôn ê ta allotria agatha.
[1] The headword (probably extracted from the proverb given below, though common enough even if not) is neuter plural of this superlative adjective, used adverbially.
[2] For this proverb see also e.g. Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 13.568DE (13.24 Kaibel). Its verb, (?)bowdlerised here in the Suda and in some of the paroemiographers to the meaningless u(fei=, should in fact be the Doric oi)fei=, on which see LSJ s.v., and J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 157 #238. The whole phrase was once taken to come from comedy (adespota fr. 36 Kock) but is now registered as Mimnermus [mu 1077] fr.21a West.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; medicine; poetry; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 11 July 2001@02:44:14.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 11 July 2001@11:02:48.
David Whitehead (added note) on 24 August 2002@11:14:50.
David Whitehead (modified tr and augmented notes and keywords, at the prompting of Dr Nick Nicholas) on 22 February 2010@09:43:24.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; tweaks) on 12 April 2012@03:55:49.
David Whitehead on 12 April 2012@03:57:13.
David Whitehead (expanded no.2; another keyword) on 29 December 2014@05:00:23.
David Whitehead on 31 August 2015@04:53:06.


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