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Headword: Autosphagê
Adler number: alpha,4527
Translated headword: suicide
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] him who is slain by himself. Ajax says: "may they seize and carry off those evil men most evilly and with complete destruction, [and] just as they see me fall a suicide, so slain by their own hands may they perish at the hands of their dearest relatives." Sophocles says [this].[1]
Greek Original:
Autosphagê: ton huph' heautou anairoumenon. Aias phêsi: kai sphas kakous kakista kai panôlethrous xunarpaseian, hôsper eisorôs' eme autosphagê piptonta, tôs autosphageis pros tôn philtatôn ekgonôn oloiato. Sophoklês phêsin.
The headword, accusative case, is extracted from the quotation given.
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 839-842; web address 1 below. (Editors have suspected textual corruption here, i.e. an intrusive gloss inflating the last clause, which might simply be "so may they [too] perish".)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; mythology; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 August 2001@02:41:41.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; added keyword; cosmetics) on 8 August 2001@05:02:02.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 4 May 2012@03:44:38.
David Whitehead on 11 September 2015@04:32:37.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 21 December 2015@22:21:13.


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