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Headword: Μητιέτα
Adler number: mu,997
Translated headword: counsellor
Vetting Status: high
Also [sc. attested is] μητιέτης , [meaning] an advisor. Of this [noun] the vocative [is] μητιέτα and by metaplasm the nominative [sc. is the same].[1] μητιέτα Ζεῦ ["[o] counsellor Zeus"].[2] And in composition πολύμητις ["of great counsel"].[3]
But [sc. do not confuse this with] μῆτιν ἐλαφροί ["those light in counsel"], [meaning] the foolish, those who do not judge firmly or securely.[4]
Greek Original:
Μητιέτα. καὶ Μητιέτης, ὁ βουλευτικός. οὗ ἡ κλητικὴ μητιέτα καὶ κατὰ μεταπλασμὸν ἡ εὐθεῖα. μητιέτα Ζεῦ. καὶ ἐν συνθέσει πολύμητις. Μῆτιν δὲ ἐλαφροί, οἱ ἄφρονες, οἱ μὴ στερρῶς μηδὲ βεβαίως φρονοῦντες.
[1] From a scholion on Homer, Iliad 1.175 (web address 1), where μητίετα occurs; cf. scholion on Iliad 1.508 (vocative, quoted below). See also Hesychius mu1282 and (according to Adler) the Ambrosian Lexicon. Chantraine 1.199 agrees that such formulaic phrases with nominative in short represent instances of the vocative used as nominative.
[2] Homer, Iliad 1.508
[3] Epic epithet, used especially of Odysseus, e.g. Iliad 1.311.
[4] Phrase extracted from an unknown source. For this sense of ἐλαφρός see LSJ s.v., III.a.
P. Chantraine, Grammaire homérique. Paris 1958.
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; imagery
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 14 April 2008@10:49:21.
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