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Headword: Χρόνου πόδα
Adler number: chi,535
Translated headword: time's foot
Vetting Status: high
[A phrase] from Euripides. Aristophanes [writes]: "'aither, Zeus's bedchamber' or 'time's foot'". Meaning Euripides says these things.[1]
And elsewhere: "since for you the story might preclude an opportunity of time." Sophocles [sc. writes this]. [Meaning] since the idle talk removes the opportunity of intentions being acted on.[2]
Greek Original:
Χρόνου πόδα: ἀπὸ Εὐριπίδου. Ἀριστοφάνης: αἰθέρα Διὸς δωμάτιον ἢ χρόνου πόδα. ἀντὶ τοῦ Εὐριπίδου τοῦ ταῦτα λέγοντος. καὶ αὖθις: χρόνου γὰρ ἄν σοι καιρὸν ἐξείργει λόγος. Σοφοκλῆς. ἀφαιρεῖται γὰρ τὴν εὐκαιρίαν τῶν μελλόντων πραχθῆναι ἡ τῶν λόγων ἀδολεσχία.
[1] Aristophanes, Frogs 311 (web address 1), a repetition of line 100 (see under pi 356), with comment deriving from the scholia. The first of the two phrases has been identified as a (comic?) version of Euripides fr. 487 (from the Melanippe), αἰθέρ' οἴκησιν Διός ("aither, Zeus's dwelling"). The second is best-known for its appearance in Bacchae 889 (web address 2), where the word for 'foot' appears, as here, in the accusative case; but since apparent quotations from that play in Frogs present chronological problems (see Dover 1993: 37-38, esp. 38 n.2), the model might in fact be fr. 42 (from the Alexandros), χρόνου ... πούς (with, however, the word for 'foot' in the nominative case).
[2] Sophocles, Electra 1292 (web address 3), with comments deriving from the scholia. The text of Sophocles has optative ἐξείργοι for the Suda's ἐξείργει and other manuscript variants.
Dover, K., ed. Aristophanes, Frogs (Oxford 1993)
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Keywords: biography; chronology; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 April 2008@04:09:18.
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