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Headword: Ἥστην
Adler number: eta,604
Translated headword: the two were seated
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] they were sitting down, a dual.[1]
Aristophanes in Birds [writes]: "so the two did not sit" -- some [read] ἴστην [spelled] with iota, meaning they knew -- "they knew nothing except biting."[2]
Greek Original:
Ἥστην: ἐκαθέζοντο, δυϊκῶς. Ἀριστοφάνης Ὄρνισι: τὼ δ' οὐκ ἄρ' ἥστην. τινὲς διὰ τοῦ ι ἴστην, ἀντὶ τοῦ ᾔδεσαν. οὐδὲν ἄλλο ἦσαν ἢ δάκνειν.
Notes:
[1] From ἧμαι , third person dual pluperfect (with imperfect sense); cf. eta 287, eta 293, eta 321, eta 590, eta 602. Same or similar glossing in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon, and several Homeric scholia. Theodoridis on Photius s.v. obelizes the transmitted headword and regards the correct form as ἥσθην .
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 19 (web address 1), with scholion. (But Richard Porson preferred here ᾔστην on the basis of the Etymologicum Magnum; and Dunbar in her edition concurs.)
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 August 2006@17:54:26.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (typo and other cosmetics) on 7 August 2006@03:17:09.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 20 December 2012@08:19:41.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 26 December 2012@01:14:33.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 8 April 2015@18:31:50.
David Whitehead (typo) on 9 April 2015@02:39:06.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 18 September 2018@00:26:27.

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