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Headword: Χρῆν
Adler number: chi,493
Translated headword: it was necessary
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[χρῆν means the same as] ἔδει .[1]
Also [sc. attested is] ἐχρῆν ["one should have"], [meaning] it was fitting.[2]
"It was not necessary, the saying [goes], to decipher in the stars how things were with you, nor to find out what the rumor was saying, but rather to be in converse [with you], or if not, to chance upon your letters."[3]
Greek Original:
Χρῆν: ἔδει. καὶ Ἐχρῆν, ἔπρεπε. χρῆν δὲ μή, τὸ λεγόμενον, ἄστροις τὰ καθ' ὑμᾶς σημαίνεσθαι, μηδὲ τί λέγει φήμη πυνθάνεσθαι, ἀλλὰ μάλιστα μὲν ἔχειν συνόντας, εἰ δὲ μή, γράμμασιν ὑμετέροις ἐντυγχάνειν.
Notes:
[1] From the scholia to Plato, Apology 17A (web address 1) and Gorgias 458B (web address 2), where the headword appears. See also chi 467 and chi 471.
[2] See also epsilon 4042.
[3] Synesius, Epistle 7.169C.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 April 2008@04:16:37.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 April 2008@06:48:48.
David Whitehead on 13 November 2013@07:21:51.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 19 February 2015@20:26:43.

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