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Headword: Ἔννους
Adler number: epsilon,1400
Translated headword: thoughtful
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] intelligent. Sophocles [writes]: "a thoughtful [man] judges new things by old." [Meaning] a thoughtful man knows present matters through [knowledge of] what has preceded. For if the oracle given by Apollo is rejected, obviously also now the prophecies which Teiresias has given [are to be rejected also].[1]
And elsewhere: "having done these things, he became thoughtful later, and behaved sensibly."[2]
Greek Original:
Ἔννους: ὁ συνετός. Σοφοκλῆς: ἔννους τὰ καινὰ τοῖς πάλαι τεκμαίρεται. ἔννους ἀνὴρ διὰ τῶν φθασάντων τὰ παρόντα γινώσκει. εἰ γὰρ ὁ ὑπὸ Ἀπόλλωνος δοθεὶς χρησμὸς ἠκύρωται, δηλονότι καὶ τὰ νῦν, ἃ ἐμαντεύσατο ὁ Τειρεσίας. καὶ αὖθις: ταῦτα δράσας ὕστερον ἔννους ἐγένετο, καὶ ἐσωφρόνησεν.
[1] Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 916 (web address 1), with scholion.
[2] Adler tentatively attributed this quotation to Aelian. A TLG search shows that it is in fact from Nicolaus of Damascus (FGrH 90 F13), on Heracles.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; ethics; mythology; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 14 May 2007@21:05:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 15 May 2007@03:14:52.
David Whitehead (modified n.2, with a source identification) on 14 February 2011@06:52:07.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 15 February 2011@01:57:16.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 28 August 2012@05:29:03.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 12 January 2016@10:14:30.


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