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Headword: Μῶρα
Adler number: mu,1337
Translated headword: foolish [things], stupid [things]
Vetting Status: high
Meaning senseless [ones], absurd [ones]. "And there is a saying of the older generation: however many senseless, foolish distresses we choose, they all do us good in the end."[1] It is said that Poseidon and Athena disputed over Attica, and Athena won; and that Poseidon, defeated and disappointed, cursed the city and wished that the Athenians would always make bad choices; and that when Athena heard this she added to the curse, that they should make bad choices yet succeed.[2]
Greek Original:
Μῶρα: ἀνόητα, παράλογα. λόγος τέ τοι τίς ἐστι τῶν γεραιτέρων, ὅσ' ἀνόητ' ἄχη μῶρα βουλευσόμεθα, ἅπαντ' ἐπὶ τὸ βέλτιον ἡμῖν ξυμφέρειν. λέγεται ὅτι Ποσειδῶν καὶ Ἀθηνᾶ ἐφιλονείκησαν περὶ τῆς Ἀττικῆς, νικῆσαι δὲ τὴν Ἀθηνᾶν: καὶ ἡττηθέντα τὸν Ποσειδῶνα καὶ λυπηθέντα καταράσασθαι τῇ πόλει καὶ λέγειν αὐτόν, ὅτι γένοιτο τοὺς Ἀθηναίους ἀεὶ κακῶς βουλεύεσθαι: ἀκούσασαν δὲ τὴν Ἀθηνᾶν τῆς καταρᾶς προσθεῖναι, ὅτι κακῶς βουλεύεσθαι, καὶ ἐπιτυγχάνειν.
For this headword, neuter plural, see also mu 1338.
[1] Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 473-475 (web address 1). ἄχη is garbled for ἂν καὶ : "however many senseless and foolish [things] we might choose...".
[2] Explanation taken from the scholia ad loc. The same passage and explanation are given at gamma 195.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: aetiology; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; mythology; religion
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 6 August 2009@07:26:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 August 2009@07:57:05.
David Whitehead on 28 May 2013@05:24:14.


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