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Headword: Μικρός γε μῆκος οὗτος, ἀλλὰ πᾶν κακόν
Adler number: mu,1052
Translated headword: small in stature, this man - but all of it bad
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Aristophanes is speaking of Nikarchos: "look, here comes Nikarchos to lodge a denunciation" - meaning to make an accusation; for he was an informer.
Greek Original:
Μικρός γε μῆκος οὗτος, ἀλλὰ πᾶν κακόν. τὸν Νίκαρχόν φησιν Ἀριστοφάνης: καὶ μὴν ὁδὶ Νίκαρχος ἔρχεται φανῶν. ἀντὶ τοῦ κατηγορήσων: συκοφάντης γὰρ ἦν.
Notes:
The headword phrase is Aristophanes, Acharnians 909 (text at web address 1): the first half of it spoken (in dialect) by a visiting Boiotian, the second half added by Dikaiopolis. Scholiastic comment on the line, followed here, entails quoting the previous line, 908. Denunciation (phasis) was a specific procedure in Athenian law. See again at phi 81.
Nikarchos is taken to be a real person by Attic prosopographers, but is otherwise unidentifiable.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; law
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 September 2001@05:03:14.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link) on 27 April 2002@23:10:17.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 12 June 2008@03:55:27.
David Whitehead on 22 May 2013@10:00:11.

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