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Headword: Ennous
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:
Ennous: ho sunetos. Sophoklês: ennous ta kaina tois palai tekmairetai. ennous anêr dia tôn phthasantôn ta paronta ginôskei. ei gar ho hupo Apollônos dotheis chrêsmos êkurôtai, dêlonoti kai ta nun, ha emanteusato ho Teiresias. kai authis: tauta drasas husteron ennous egeneto, kai esôphronêsen.
[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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