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Headword: Μεταπήδα
Adler number: mu,724
Translated headword: hop about, leap about, spring about
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] go across, change place.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]:[2] "but swift/swiftly, when you fall into a cul-de-sac, hop/leap/spring to another thought of mind." ['Cul-de-sac' means a situation] where no way forward can be found. He is saying that if the thought-process falls into a cul-de-sac of an enquiry, change to another. Through these [words] he is wishing to poke fun at Sokrates, as someone scorned in his investigations and stuck in a confined space. He is teaching him that if you are at loss [when looking] into anything, quickly hop to another way of thinking. But he, subordinated to another, obviously being set a test of what is being said, is subordinated.[3]
Greek Original:
Μεταπήδα: διάβαινε, μετέρχου. Ἀριστοφάνης: ταχὺς δ', ὅταν εἰς ἄπορον ἐμπέσῃς, ἐπ' ἄλλο πήδα νόημα φρενός. οὗ πόρον οὐκ ἔστιν εὑρεῖν. φησὶν ὅτι ἐὰν ἡ διάνοια εἰς ζήτημα ἄπορον ἐμπέσῃ, μετάβηθι ἐπ' ἄλλο. σκώπτειν διὰ τούτων βούλεται τὸν Σωκράτην ὡς χλευαζόμενον ἐν ταῖς συζητήσεσι καὶ μεθιστάμενον ὑπὸ στενοχωρίας. διδάσκει αὐτόν, ὅτι ἐὰν ἀπορήσῃς εἴς τι, ταχέως ἐπ' ἄλλο πήδα νόημα. ὁ δὲ ὑποτιθέμενος ἄλλῳ, δηλονότι αὐτὸς ἐν πείρᾳ γενόμενος τῶν ὅσα λέγεται, ὑποτίθεται.
[1] The headword imperative is evidently extracted from somewhere. This is not the Aristophanes passage about to be quoted (which has the simple rather than this compound verb); but note that the only other extant instance occurs in an earlier scholion (to line 696) of that same play, addressing the same material.
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 703-705 (a lyric passage; web address 1), with scholion; again at tau 204.
[3] After the various changes of pronoun, this last point is hard to comprehend.
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Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; philosophy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 October 2009@05:15:10.
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