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Headword: Γλῶσσαν
Adler number: gamma,295
Translated headword: tongue
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"An idle [tongue] but a hardworking hand I had. Now I have come to the test and I see that the tongue and not the deed matters most to mortals"; thus it should be written: "[o] son of a noble father, when [I] myself was a young men [I had] an idle tongue etc."[1]
Greek Original:
Γλῶσσαν μὲν ἀργὸν, χεῖρα δ' εἶχον ἐργάτιν. νῦν δ' εἰς ἔλεγχον ἐξιὼν ὁρῶ βροτοῖς γλῶσσαν οὐχὶ τἄργ' εἰς πάνθ' ἡγουμένην: οὕτω γραπτέον: ἐσθλοῦ πατρὸς παῖ, καὐτὸς ὢν νέος ποτὲ γλῶσσαν μὲν ἀργὸν καὶ τὰ ἑξῆς.
Notes:
The headword, accusative singular, is extracted from the quotation given.
[1] Sophocles, Philoctetes 97-99 (web address 1 below), Odysseus speaking, with comment from a scholiast there who quotes line 96.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; mythology; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 13 July 2002@18:57:10.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (internal rearrangement; added keyword; cosmetics) on 14 July 2002@06:38:47.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 8 June 2012@05:01:40.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 9 September 2012@22:54:37.

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