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Headword: Χρόνου πόδα
Adler number: chi,535
Translated headword: time's foot
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[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.
Notes:
[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.
Reference:
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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