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Headword: Εἰς δέον
Adler number: epsiloniota,241
Translated headword: needfully, to meet a need
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
'The hero summoned him by his father's name: "I found you needfully", he said, "for I wish to summon you to a feast."'[1] Meaning I found you opportunely.
And a [there is] proverb: 'for the necessary'; whenever someone does not want to speak openly, in circumstances where a lot of money has been spent, he says 'for the necessary'.[2]
Greek Original:
Εἰς δέον: πατρόθεν αὐτὸν καλέσας ὁ ἥρως, εἰς δέον σε εὗρον, φησί: βούλομαι γὰρ καλέσαι σ' ἐς πανθοινίαν. ἀντὶ τοῦ εὐκαίρως σε εὗρον. καὶ παροιμία: Εἰς δέον: ὅταν τίς θέλῃ μὴ φανερῶς εἰπεῖν, ὅπου τι πολλάκις ἀνάλωσε, λέγει: εἰς δέον.
Notes:
[1] Aelian fr. 266 Domingo-Forasté (268 Hercher). For 'feast' see pi 197, cf. pi 196.
[2] For the historical incident which gave rise to this proverb see delta 243.
Keywords: daily life; definition; economics; food; history; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 17 April 2003@06:17:18.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 17 April 2003@23:17:13.
David Whitehead (added x-refs) on 18 April 2003@03:25:06.
Catharine Roth (updated reference in note 1) on 5 September 2011@22:49:10.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 27 November 2012@05:13:50.
Catharine Roth (another keyword) on 25 April 2018@00:56:36.

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