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Headword: Δρασείεις
Adler number: delta,1508
Translated headword: you wish to do
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] you have it in mind to do. "O Zeus, what do you wish to do, longingly, to the people?" Aristophanes [says this].
Also [sc. attested is the participle] δρασείοντες ,[1] [meaning they] desiring to do something.
Greek Original:
Δρασείεις: δρᾶν διανοῇ. ὦ Ζεῦ, τί δρασείεις ποθῶν τὸν λεών; Ἀριστοφάνης. καὶ Δρασείοντες, ἐπιθυμοῦντες πρᾶξαί τι.
The headword is the second person singular, present indicative active, of the desiderative form of the verb δράω (delta 1488, delta 1489, delta 1507, delta 1511). The passage quoted is Aristophanes, Peace 62, but with a corruption at ποθῶν , where a short syllable necessary for the metre is omitted. The texts of Aristophanes read τί δρασείεις ποθ' ἡμῶν τὸν λεών "what ever do you wish to do to our people?"
The verb δράω is here used with the double accusative in the sense of "how do you want to treat our people" (i.e. well or badly?); cf. web address 1 (see "c. dupl. acc."). This is a comparatively rare construction, and it is possible that Aristophanes intends the meaning, "O Zeus, why ever do you wish to sacrifice our people?" (see LSJ II).
[1] Same participle but with different glossing in Hesychius delta2328. Quoted from somewhere other than Aristophanes; perhaps Aelian, On the nature of animals 5.6 (in an anecdote about a dolphin at Aenus).
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 14 March 2002@08:28:35.
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