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Headword: Ἱείς
Adler number: iota,215
Translated headword: throwing
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] releasing, shooting at.[1] Sophocles [writes, using] τίς in both clauses in common: "one who aims at great souls would not miss;" but aiming at worthless men, "one would not persuade" the hearer, but "envy crawls towards him who has." [This is said] figuratively from those who shoot arrows against a large body, who do not miss. What is said against great men is believed because of envy.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἱείς: ἀφιείς, τοξεύων. Σοφοκλῆς: ἀπὸ κοινοῦ τὸ τίς. κατὰ μὲν τῶν μεγάλων ψυχῶν ἱείς τις οὐκ ἂν ἁμάρτοι: κατ' εὐτελοῦς δὲ ἱείς τις οὐκ ἂν πείθοι τὸν ἀκούοντα, πρὸς γὰρ τὸν ἔχονθ' ὁ φθόνος ἕρπει. τροπικῶς ἀπὸ τοξευόντων κατὰ μεγάλου σώματος, οἳ οὐχ ἁμαρτάνουσι. πιστὰ οὖν τοῖς ἀκούουσι τὰ κατὰ τῶν μεγάλων διὰ τὸν φθόνον.
[1] The headword (extracted from the quotation given) is present active participle of ἵημι , masculine nominative singular; cf. iota 216, iota 152.
[2] Sophocles, Ajax 154-157 (web address 1), with scholion; quoted again at kappa 1841, and cf. also phi 509.
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; military affairs; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 25 May 2006@12:46:43.
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David Whitehead (another x-ref and more keywords; cosmetics) on 26 May 2006@03:06:07.
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