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Headword: Νῆφε
Adler number: nu,359
Translated headword: be sober
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] stay awake.[1]
"But the cause is not keeping in mind what Epicharmus well said, 'Be sober and remember to be suspicious: these are the joints of the mind.'"[2]
Greek Original:
Νῆφε: γρηγόρει. ἀλλ' ἔστιν αἴτιον τὸ μὴ πρόχειρον ὑπάρχειν τὸ παρ' Ἐπιχάρμῳ καλῶς εἰρημένον: νῆφε καὶ μέμνησο ἀπιστεῖν: ἄρθρα ταῦτα [τῶν] φρενῶν.
Notes:
[1] cf. nu 294.
[2] Polybius 18.40.4, quoting Epicharmus fr. 250 Kaibel (now 218 K.-A.); again at pi 2932. Polybius himself repeats the quotation (more fully) at 31.13.14, and, as Walbank 602 notes, it is also found in Cicero and Lucian.
Reference:
F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, iii (Oxford 1979)
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; food; historiography; imagery; proverbs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 13 June 2003@01:04:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 13 June 2003@03:16:34.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 14 June 2003@05:17:06.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 9 June 2013@06:56:04.
David Whitehead (updated n.2) on 21 December 2014@10:55:42.

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