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Headword: *)ekh/lei
Adler number: epsilon,436
Translated headword: was enchanting
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] was delighting with pleasure. For 'I enchant' means 'I take pleasure from the reed-pipe'.[1] "Thus the abominable man was habitually enchanting the fellow".[2]
And elsewhere: "and he was explaining the myriad means by which he was enchanting the listeners."[3]
Greek Original:
*)ekh/lei: su\n h(donh=| e)/terpen. khlw= ga\r to\ u(p' au)lo\n h(/domai. ou(/tw me\n o( kata/ratos sunh/qws to\n a)/nqrwpon e)kh/lei. kai\ au)=qis: o( de\ dihgei=to muri/a o(/sa, di' w(=n e)kh/lei tou\s a)kou/ontas.
[1] An awkward definition, not only for the strange specificity of the instrument of enchantment, but for the fact khle/w ('enchant') is normally a transitive active verb and h(/domai ('take pleasure') is intransitive middle. The translation reflects this awkwardness. Kuster suggested emending khle/w to the middle khlou=mai. The same sentence, however, appears in kappa 1514, where the headword is a different form of the same verb. That entry also provides some explanation for the notion of the reed-pipe, since the first part of that entry defines 'being enchanted' as "being delighted... for example by reed-pipes or sweet singing." Behind this may be Stoic and/or Peripatetic doctrines which discern different types of pleasure on the basis of the source of pleasure and the organs of perception involved.
[2] Aelian fr. 239 Hercher (238 Domingo-Forasté); again at kappa 747.
[3] Adler suggested Damascius as the source of this quotation, and it is now his fr. 93a Zintzen; cf. omicron 787 for fr. 93.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; meter and music; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: William Hutton on 8 February 2007@06:18:21.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 8 February 2007@06:34:34.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 24 July 2008@03:06:56.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 3 August 2012@07:55:51.


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