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Headword: Μῶρά μοι δοκεῖς φρονεῖν
Adler number: mu,1338
Translated headword: you seem to me to think foolish things
Vetting Status: high
Meaning you are naive, now wishing to mollify, since time has reached a critical juncture. Ajax says [this] to Tecmessa.[1] And elsewhere: "isn't your plan foolish, to strive for tyranny without a rabble and allies, a thing which is acquired with a rabble and with money?"[2]
And again: "O fool, fool, do not incite terrible thoughts in gods, lest Justice overturn your whole family into complete oblivion with the mattock of Zeus." It is said in reference to blasphemers.[3]
Greek Original:
Μῶρά μοι δοκεῖς φρονεῖν: ἀντὶ τοῦ εὐήθης εἶ, νῦν βουλόμενος μαλάσσειν, ἐξακμάσαντος τοῦ καιροῦ. ὁ Αἴας φησὶ πρὸς Τέκμησσαν. καὶ αὖθις: ἆρ' οὐχὶ μῶρόν ἐστι τοὐγχείρημά σου, ἄνευ τε πλήθους καὶ φίλων τυραννίδα θηρᾶν, ὃ πλήθει χρήμασίν θ' ἁλίσκεται; καὶ αὖθις: ὦ μῶρε, μῶρε, μὴ θεῶν κίνει φρένας δεινάς, ὅπως μή σου γένος πανώλεθρον Διὸς μακέλλῃ πᾶν ἀναστρέψῃ δίκη. ἐπὶ τῶν βλασφήμων εἴρηται.
For 'foolish things' cf. mu 1337.
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 594 (web address 1), with comments from the scholia.
[2] Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 540-2 (web address 2).
[3] Aristophanes, Birds 1239-40 (web address 3), with comments from the scholia; see already at mu 67.
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Keywords: agriculture; comedy; definition; ethics; imagery; law; mythology; poetry; politics; religion; science and technology; tragedy; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 26 July 2009@12:54:02.
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David Whitehead (x-ref; cosmetics) on 27 July 2009@03:08:46.
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