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Headword: *xrh=ma oi)ktroi/
Adler number: chi,490
Translated headword: pitiable business, pitiable matter
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning they who are] abased, worthy of sympathy. "The elders of the Libyans -- a pitiable business -- came in accordance with the virgin’s fame and begged to receive some release from the plague".[1]
Greek Original:
*xrh=ma oi)ktroi/: tapeinoi/, e)le/ous a)/cioi. *libu/wn de\ pre/sbeis, xrh=ma oi)ktroi/, kata\ kle/os to\ th=s parqe/nou h(=kon kai\ e)de/onto lu/sin tina\ loimou= labei=n.
As noted as early as the editio princeps of the Suda, the second word of the headword phrase, repeated in the body of the entry, should be oi)ktro/n, not oi)ktroi/ (which has also corrupted the grammar of the gloss). For the idiom see generally LSJ xrh=ma, II.3.
[1] Aelian fr. 341 Domingo-Forasté (344 Hercher).
Keywords: definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; history; medicine; women
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 24 August 2007@19:25:54.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked headword and tr; augmented notes and keywords) on 26 August 2007@05:28:09.
Catharine Roth (updated reference) on 31 May 2011@01:02:51.
David Whitehead on 8 August 2011@06:07:08.
David Whitehead on 13 November 2013@06:25:08.


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