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Headword: Ἱστίον σαπρόν
Adler number: iota,690
Translated headword: a ragged sail
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] old rigging, worn out or not serviceable. Aristophanes [writes]: "[I will contrive that you take] a ragged sail."[1]
"As if his nature recognized late its proper work, not little by little, but with the same sails as he was carried away from the sophistic sect, when he first became a philosopher."[2]
Greek Original:
Ἱστίον σαπρόν: ἄρμενον παλαιόν, τρίβακον ἢ μὴ ἁρμόζον. Ἀριστοφάνης: ἀντὶ τοῦ ἱστίον σαπρόν. ὥσπερ ἐπιγνούσης ὀψὲ τῆς φύσεως αὐτοῦ τὸ οἰκεῖον ἔργον, οὐ κατὰ μικρόν, ἀλλ' ὅσοις ἱστίοις ἀπηνέχθη τῆς σοφιστικῆς προαιρέσεως, ἐπειδὴ τὸ πρῶτον ἐφιλοσόφησεν.
[1] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Knights 918 (web address 1). (The quotation is corrupted here: ἀντὶ τοῦ should be ἄν .) For sails, see also iota 689, iota 691, iota 692, iota 693.
[2] Synesius, Dio PG 66.1117b.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; imagery; military affairs; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 25 April 2006@18:19:41.
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David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 26 April 2006@03:43:17.
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