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Headword: Μῶν
Adler number: mu,1333
Translated headword: surely not?
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Aristophanes [writes]: "Surely you're not from a fine and noble family, are you?" -- "No, by the gods!"[1]
And elsewhere [sc. one finds the equivalence]: μῶν ἐστι ; [meaning] ἆρά ἐστιν .[2]
"I haven't come too late to help, have I?" [Meaning] I haven't come later than the critical time for helping, have I?[3]
Greek Original:
Μῶν: Ἀριστοφάνης: μῶν ἐκ καλῶν εἶ κἀγαθῶν; μὰ τοὺς θεούς. καὶ αὖθις: Μῶν ἐστιν: ἆρά ἐστι; μῶν ὑστερόπους βοηθῶ; μὴ ὕστερον τοῦ καιροῦ ἦλθον εἰς τὸ βοηθῆσαι;
Notes:
cf. mu 1332.
[1] Aristophanes, Knights 185 (an exchange between the first slave and the sausage-seller: web address 1). Note the scholia there: μὴ εὐγενὴς εἶ [He means:] "you're not well-born."
[2] Likewise in other lexica: see the references at Photius mu649 Theodoridis.
[3] The women's chorus in Aristophanes, Lysistrata 326 (web address 2), with scholia thereto.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; poetry
Translated by: Kyle Helms on 2 May 2009@08:46:20.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; overall simplification) on 3 May 2009@04:27:26.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaking) on 28 May 2013@05:09:48.
Catharine Roth (modified links) on 15 September 2013@17:46:56.

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