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Headword: Ἦν
Adler number: eta,366
Translated headword: I was
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Instead of ἤμην .[1]
Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "but I, although I was a pious and just man, fared badly and was a poor man."[2]
And the Pisidian [writes]: "for I also was one of those who are driven to cry out."[3]
Also [sc. attested is] ἦν ["I was"], [meaning] I existed;[4] [used] with a dative.[5]
Greek Original:
Ἦν: ἀντὶ τοῦ ἤμην. Ἀριστοφάνης Πλούτῳ: ἐγὼ δὲ θεοσεβὴς καὶ δίκαιος ὢν ἀνὴρ κακῶς ἔπραττον καὶ πένης ἦν. καὶ Πισίδης: κἀγὼ γὰρ εἷς ἦν τῶν βοᾶν ἠπειγμένων. καὶ Ἦν, ὑπῆρχον. δοτικῇ.
Notes:
[1] The older form of the first person singular imperfect of εἰμί is ἦν . Cf. scholia on Plato Sophist 243B and Aristophanes, Plutus 29; also Photius and Hesychius. See also eta 5, eta 321, eta 568.
[2] Aristophanes, Plutus 28-9.
[3] George of Pisidia, Heraclias 3 fr. 56.
[4] cf. scholion on Homer, Iliad 2.77; also Photius and Hesychius.
[5] Similar comment in other syntactical sources.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; philosophy; poetry; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 7 September 2006@19:50:34.
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