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Headword: Μηχανορράφος
Adler number: mu,1019
Translated headword: device-stitcher
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning an] inventer of evils, a contriver.[1] One who devises base things. "Slipping in such a wizard as this, a device-stitcher." Sophocles says [this].[2]
And elsewhere: "so I would always say that the gods devise these things and all things for humans."[3]
Greek Original:
Μηχανορράφος: ἐπινοητὴς κακῶν, κατασκευαστής. τὰ φαῦλα μηχανώμενος. ὑφεὶς μάγον τοιόνδε μηχανορράφον. Σοφοκλῆς φησι. καὶ αὖθις: ἐγὼ μὲν οὖν καὶ ταῦτα καὶ τὰ πάντ' ἀεὶ φάσκοιμ' ἂν ἀνθρώποισι μηχανᾶν θεούς.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica, and in the scholia to Sophocles (cf. next note): see the references at Photius mu433 Theodoridis, where however the editor (like Latte on Hesychius mu1303 before him) claims the headword as quoted from Euripides (Andromache 1116).
[2] Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus 387 (Oedipus referring angrily to Teiresias: web address 1), with comments from the scholia; quoted also at mu 25 and upsilon 720.
[3] Sophocles, Ajax 1036-7 (web address 2). These lines include not the headword but the related (and more commonplace) verb μηχανᾶν .
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; ethics; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; tragedy
Translated by: William Hutton on 18 July 2009@01:24:29.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note and links, set status) on 18 July 2009@13:25:47.
David Whitehead (expanded n.3; cosmetics) on 19 July 2009@04:34:28.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; tweaking) on 22 May 2013@07:11:14.


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