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Headword: Χρῆμα οἰκτροί
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:
Χρῆμα οἰκτροί: ταπεινοί, ἐλέους ἄξιοι. Λιβύων δὲ πρέσβεις, χρῆμα οἰκτροί, κατὰ κλέος τὸ τῆς παρθένου ἧκον καὶ ἐδέοντο λύσιν τινὰ λοιμοῦ λαβεῖν.
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 οἰκτρόν , not οἰκτροί (which has also corrupted the grammar of the gloss). For the idiom see generally LSJ χρῆμα , 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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