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Headword: Asôtia
Adler number: alpha,4194
Translated headword: prodigality
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] error.[1]
"And to shun each equally -- not incurring necessary costs, and incurring unnecessary ones -- on the basis that the latter is prodigality, whether quite great or rather paltry, and the former stinginess."[2]
Also [sc. attested is the related adjective] a)/swtos ["prodigal"], [meaning] one who is ruined and not liable to be saved. Sophocles [writes]: "or of the prodigal line of Sisyphus."[3]
Also [sc. attested is the related adverb] a)sw/tws ["prodigally"], [meaning] shamefully.[4]
Greek Original:
Asôtia: hê hamartia. hekateron homoiôs apostrephesthai, to te deon mê poieisthai analôma kai to mê deon poieisthai, hôs touto men asôtian ousan, eite meizô eite phauloteran, ekeino de smikrologian. kai Asôtos, ho exôlês, ho sôizesthai mê opheilôn. Sophoklês: ê tês asôtou Sisuphidôn geneas. kai Asôtôs, aischrôs.
[1] Adler reports a similar entry in the Ambrosian Lexicon.
[2] Quotation unidentifiable.
[3] Sophocles, Ajax 190 (which reads *Sisufida=n for the lexicon's *Sisufidw=n: web address 1 below), preceded by comment from the scholia there.
[4] Same glossing in other lexica; probably quoted (as Latte on Hesychius s.v. claims) from the New Testament (Luke 15.13).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: Christianity; definition; economics; ethics; mythology; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 31 December 2001@18:32:12.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note) on 1 January 2002@06:19:23.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 1 December 2005@05:38:53.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link, expanded notes, cosmetics) on 12 October 2011@22:50:40.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 25 April 2012@05:54:15.
David Whitehead on 1 September 2015@09:06:07.
Catharine Roth (tweaked betacode) on 27 November 2015@23:54:43.


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