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Headword: Λοιδορεῖσθαι τοὺς πονηροὺς
Adler number: lambda,753
Translated headword: to revile the wicked
Vetting Status: high
["To revile the wicked] is not at all invidious; rather, to any right-thinking person, it is an honor to decent men." That is, reviling the wicked becomes an honor of the good. "So if the fellow, who must be the object of many insults, had himself been obvious, I would not have made mention of a [man who is a] friend; but as it is, everybody knows Arignotos, the man who knows either white or the orthios nomos." From the saying 'if someone knows the white and the black'. But some say that Arignotos was a kithara-player who sang the so-called orthios nomos and the white [one], which were the ones admired at that time. As to Ariphrades, his licentiousness with women was unnatural.
Greek Original:
Λοιδορεῖσθαι τοὺς πονηροὺς οὐδέν ἐστ' ἐπίφθονον, ἀλλὰ τιμὴ τοῖσι χρηστοῖς, ὅστις εὖ λογίζεται: τουτέστι τὸ τοὺς πονηροὺς λοιδορεῖσθαι τιμὴ γίνεται τῶν ἀγαθῶν. εἰ μὲν οὖν ἄνθρωπος, ὃν δεῖ πόλλ' ἀκοῦσαι καὶ κακά, αὐτὸς ἦν ἔνδηλος, οὐκ ἂν ἐμνήσθην φίλου. νῦν δ' Ἀρίγνωτον γὰρ οὐδεὶς ὅστις οὐκ ἐπίσταται, ὅστις ἢ τὸ λευκὸν οἶδεν ἢ τὸν ὄρθιον νόμον. παρὰ τὸ λεγόμενον, εἴ τις οἶδε τὸ λευκὸν καὶ τὸ μέλαν. οἱ δὲ λέγουσιν Ἀρίγνωτον κιθαρωδὸν ὄντα ᾄδειν τὸν ὄρθιον καλούμενον νόμον καὶ τὸν λευκόν: οἵτινες ἐθαυμάζοντο κατ' ἐκεῖνον τὸν χρόνον. τοῦ δὲ Ἀριφράδους παρὰ φύσιν ἀσελγαίνοντος ταῖς γυναιξί.
Aristophanes, Knights 1274-79 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there; cf. already epsiloniota 146 and the cross-references there.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; ethics; gender and sexuality; meter and music; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 August 2005@03:01:28.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 25 August 2005@11:36:30.
David Whitehead on 26 August 2005@03:07:19.
David Whitehead on 22 April 2013@08:44:34.


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