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Headword: *)/adwra
Adler number: alpha,519
Translated headword: giftless [gifts], no-gift [gifts]
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] bad-gift [ones], those being given for evil. Sophocles [writes]: "gifts of enemies are no-gifts and not beneficial." The sense [is] he does not want to have even the largest [gifts] from enemies, but from friends even the smallest.[1]
And Aelian [writes]: "each of them, having seized the giftless fate of the girl with their own lot, as a tragic poet would say, murdered themselves."[2]
Greek Original:
*)/adwra: kako/dwra, ta\ e)pi\ kakw=| dido/mena. *sofoklh=s: e)xqrw=n a)/dwra dw=ra kou)k o)nh/sima. o( de\ nou=s, o(/ti mhde\ ta\ me/gista tw=n e)xqrw=n e)fi/eso e)/xein, tw=n de\ fi/lwn kai\ ta\ e)la/xista. kai\ *ai)liano/s: labo/ntes e(ka/teros th=s ko/rhs th\n a)/dwron moi=ran tw=| e(autw=n la/xei, tragiko\s a)\n ei)=pe poihth\s, e(autou\s kate/sfacan.
The headword, a neuter plural, is extracted from the quotation given.
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 665 (web address 1 below), with scholion. For a longer extract see epsilon 4028.
[2] Aelian fr. 125d Domingo-Forasté (part of 122 Hercher); cf. epsilon 720. Here 'gift-less' presumably means pure, incorruptible; see generally LSJ s.v.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; history; tragedy; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 18 March 2001@15:44:08.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented note; added keywords) on 19 March 2001@04:53:25.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; another x-ref) on 26 January 2007@09:39:06.
Jennifer Benedict (updated Perseus link) on 12 March 2008@00:14:37.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 11 January 2012@08:36:35.
Catharine Roth (updated reference, upgraded link) on 29 January 2012@22:54:02.
David Whitehead on 26 April 2015@04:17:43.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 14 September 2020@16:00:46.


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