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Headword: Αἲ αἴ
Adler number: alphaiota,91
Translated headword: ai ai!
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"Ai ai! Who ever would have thought that my appellation would provide a name my sufferings this way?" Aias says [this].[1] "And now it is fitting even to cry 'aiai!' twice for me and thrice."[2] This is in the manner of the ancients, the producing of calamities in accordance with the namings [of characters]. If he were doing well he would not have mentioned his name, but only in the midst of calamity.
Greek Original:
Αἲ αἴ: αἲ αἴ, τίς ἄν ποτ' ᾤεθ' ὧδ' ἐπώνυμον τοὐμὸν ξυνοίσειν ὄνομα τοῖς ἐμοῖς κακοῖς; ὁ Αἴας φησίν. νῦν γὰρ πάρεστι καὶ δὶς αἰάζειν ἐμοὶ καὶ τρίς. τοῦτο ἀρχαιότροπόν ἐστι, τὸ πρὸς τὰς ὀνομασίας ἐκφέρειν τὰς συμφοράς. καλῶς μὲν οὖν πράττων οὐκ ἂν ἐμνήσθη τοῦ ὀνόματος, ἐν συμφορᾷ δὲ ὤν.
Notes:
cf. alphaiota 1.
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 430-431 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there; cf. delta 1701.
[2] Sophocles, Ajax 432-433 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; mythology; poetry; stagecraft; tragedy
Translated by: William Hutton on 22 May 2003@11:02:40.
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David Whitehead (added x-ref; cosmetics) on 23 May 2003@03:39:29.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 11 May 2012@07:46:38.
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