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Headword: Ἤν
Adler number: eta,367
Translated headword: if
Vetting Status: high
Instead of ἐάν .[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "I want this very thing, if the mattock does not betray my hopes." [Meaning] if it is not broken. He was saying this trying to set Socrates' school on fire.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἤν: ἀντὶ τοῦ ἐάν. Ἀριστοφάνης: τοῦτ' αὐτὸ καὶ βούλομαι, ἢν ἡ σμινύη μὴ προδῷ τὰς ἐλπίδας. ἂν μὴ κλασθῇ. ταῦτα δὲ ἔλεγεν ἐμπιπρῶν τὴν σχολὴν τοῦ Σωκράτους.
[1] The headword is a contracted form of ἐάν from εἰ and ἄν ; ἄν with a long alpha also occurs; cf. epsilon 7, alpha 1794.
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 1499-1500, with scholion; cf. sigma 744. 'This very thing' responds to the anguished cry of one of the occupants ('you will destroy us'); and the mattock, already in line 1486, is for demolishing the roof of the building.
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 September 2006@00:57:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another x-ref; cosmetics) on 8 September 2006@03:18:50.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 12 September 2006@06:12:08.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 17 December 2012@06:58:29.


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