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Headword: Νόημα
Adler number: nu,444
Translated headword: thought, idea
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] discovery. "The idea [is] the goddess's, but the theft mine." For thus the demagogues used to say wittily that their own thoughts were the goddess's. [As if to say] that the goddess suggested [the idea], but I grabbed [it] myself.
Greek Original:
Νόημα: ἐφεύρεμα. τὸ μὲν νόημα τῆς θεοῦ, τὸ δὲ κλέμμ' ἐμόν. οὕτω γὰρ οἱ δημαγωγοὶ ἀστεϊζόμενοι ἔλεγον τὰς ἑαυτῶν ἐπινοίας τῆς θεοῦ. ὅτι ἡ μὲν θεὸς ὑπέβαλεν, ἥρπασα δὲ ἐγώ.
Aristophanes, Knights 1203 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there; again at tau 750.
'The goddess' is Athena.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; politics; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 12 February 2006@22:49:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 13 February 2006@03:04:35.
David Whitehead (expanded note; tweaking) on 14 June 2013@08:14:55.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 14 June 2013@10:30:37.


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