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Headword: Λεπτολογία
Adler number: lambda,297
Translated headword: subtle argument
Vetting Status: high
"He did not devote himself to subtle argument or extend his discourses." Philostratus the Lemnian writes [this] about Apollonius.[1]
Hermippos in Demesmen [sc. also uses the word.][2]
"I am already seeking to chop logic, and to quibble about smoke." Meaning about nothing and about vain matters. [sc. He is saying this] to ridicule the philosophers for seeking dry questions.[3] "And you [priest] of the thinnest foolishnesses." That is, of the most intelligent and most obscure discourses."[4]
Greek Original:
Λεπτολογία. οὐδὲ λεπτολογίᾳ ἐδίδου οὐδὲ διῆγε τοὺς λόγους. περὶ Ἀπολλωνίου γράφει Φιλόστρατος ὁ Λήμνιος. Ἕρμιππος Δημόταις. λεπτολογεῖν ἤδη ζητῶ, καὶ περὶ καπνοῦ στενολεσχεῖν. ἀντὶ τοῦ περὶ τοῦ μηδενὸς καὶ κενῶν πραγμάτων. διασυρμοῦ δὲ χάριν τῶν φιλοσόφων ὡς ἰσχνὰ ζητούντων ζητήματα. σύ τε λεπτοτάτων λήρων. τουτέστιν συνετωτάτων καὶ δυσπαρακολουθήτων λόγων.
[1] Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana 1.17; see also delta 519, kappa 912.
[2] Hermippus fr. 22 Kock, now 21 K.-A.; also in other lexica.
[3] Aristophanes, Clouds 320 (web address 1), with scholion; quoted again at sigma 1038.
[4] Aristophanes, Clouds 359, with scholion.
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Keywords: biography; comedy; imagery; philosophy; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 31 March 2009@10:20:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 April 2009@03:20:34.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 5 April 2013@05:52:57.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 5 April 2013@09:16:07.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 December 2014@09:37:05.


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