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Headword: Νεώνητον
Adler number: nu,232
Translated headword: new-bought
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] recently purchased. For Kleon was not an Athenian by birth, but a recent arrival in the citzen body. It is apparent through this that the Athenians are being rebuked, that they should have faith in genuine [Athenians], and those who have much benefited the city; instead they were honouring Kleon more. For we are brought up so that, out of the household slaves, we have more faith in those who have been born and fed with us at home, rather than those we have acquired through purchase.
Greek Original:
Νεώνητον: τὸν νεωστὶ ἠγορασμένον. ἐπεὶ μὴ ἐκ γένους ἦν Ἀθηναῖος ὁ Κλέων, ἀλλὰ νεωστὶ προσεληλυθὼς τῇ πολιτείᾳ. ἐμφαίνει δὲ διὰ τούτων, ὅτι καὶ τῶν Ἀθηναίων καθάπτεται, ὅτι δέον πιστεύειν αὐτοὺς τοῖς γνησίοις καὶ πολλὰ τὴν πόλιν εὐεργετηκόσιν, οἱ δὲ μᾶλλον ἐτίμων τὸν Κλέωνα. πεφύκαμεν γὰρ καὶ τῶν οἰκετῶν μᾶλλον πιστεύειν τοῖς οἴκοι γεννηθεῖσι καὶ συντραφεῖσιν, ἢ οἷς ἂν ἐπικτησώμεθα πριάμενοι.
Notes:
The entry is taken from the scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 2, where the headword adjective occurs in the cited masculone accusative singular: "May the gods destroy with evil the evil new-bought Paphlagonian, for his decisions" (web address 1).
On Kleon (who is satirised as a Paphlagonian slave, but was nothing of the sort), see kappa 1731.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; imagery; law; politics
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 5 September 2009@03:59:54.
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Catharine Roth (tweaked link, added keywords, set status) on 5 September 2009@18:13:09.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 13 September 2009@05:14:38.
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