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Headword: Ἐσθλά
Adler number: epsilon,3141
Translated headword: [things] good [of their kind]
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] beneficial/good [things].
"A good man meets in his turn someone better."[1] “For there is a time when accident counteracts the plans of good men, and again a time when, as the proverb goes, ‘A good man meets in his turn someone better’.”[2]
Greek Original:
Ἐσθλά: ἀγαθά. Ἐσθλὸς ἐὼν ἄλλου κρείττονος ἀντέτυχεν: ἔστι μὲν γὰρ ὅτι καὶ ταυτόματον ἀντέπραξε ταῖς ἐπιβολαῖς τῶν ἀγαθῶν ἀνδρῶν, ἔστι δ' ὅτε πάλιν κατὰ τὴν παροιμίαν, ἐσθλὸς ἐὼν ἄλλου κρείττονος ἀντέτυχεν.
Notes:
The headword (in the neuter plural) refers to things good of their kind. Its definition here comes from the scholia to Homer, Iliad 2.272, where Odysseus’ good services to the army are described. See also Apion, de glossis Homericis fr.74.238.3; Photius, Lexicon epsilon1994; Hesychius epsilon6206; Anecdota graeca, ed. L. Bachmann 1.237.5 and Anecdota Oxoniensia 2.435.30.
[1] For this proverb (from an unknown elegiac epigram similar to those in the collection ascribed to Theognis) see epsilon 2239, note 2.
[2] Polybius 15.16.6, here applying the proverb to Hannibal after his defeat by Scipio Africanus at Zama. It exemplifies the Suda's headword, for he was a good man in the sense that he was better (than those he had encountered) at what he did, namely leading an army and fighting battles; in his turn he ran into a better. See the notes at epsilon 2239.
Keywords: athletics; biography; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs; mythology; poetry; proverbs
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 10 March 2003@09:52:13.
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