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Headword: *me/teisin
Adler number: mu,784
Translated headword: pursues, goes after
Vetting Status: high
[Used] with an accusative. [Meaning he/she/it] acts in self-defense against, follows up. "Justice pursues the Athenians for their sacrilegious murders, and they were plunged in infertilities."[1]
Greek Original:
*me/teisin: ai)tiatikh=|. a)mu/netai, e)pece/rxetai. me/teisi tou\s *)aqhnai/ous u(pe\r tw=n a)qe/smwn fo/nwn h( di/kh, kai\ a)fori/ais sunei/xonto.
For this judicial use of metie/nai see also mu 782. The glosses suggest that we have a metaphor from the cross-examination of a guilty person giving false evidence. In this case the prefix meta- would have the same double sense as English "go after", i.e. following up testimony by a hostile examination of the testifier.
[1] Aelian fr.76d D-F (73 Hercher). The change in tense from the present tense (virtually future from this verb) to the imperfect is not explained. The last phrase implies that Justice (probably here the personification, cf. delta 1093) was holding the Athenians in her grip by means of the failure of crops and perhaps human infertility.
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Translated by: Robert Dyer on 19 June 2003@06:14:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 19 June 2003@06:31:58.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 28 November 2005@10:33:49.
David Whitehead on 20 May 2013@04:33:34.


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