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Headword: Ὅσα
Adler number: omicron,675
Translated headword: how many
Vetting Status: high
This word is indefinite and denotes an indefinitely large number.
"How many times have I bitten my heart!"[1]
Greek Original:
Ὅσα: τὸ μόριον τοῦτο ἀόριστον ὂν ἄπειρον πλῆθος δηλοῖ ἀριθμοῦ. ὅσα δὴ δέδηγμαι τὴν καρδίαν.
The Suda chooses to reproduce the shortest and least informative of a series of scholia on Aristophanes, Acharnians 1, which does not even make it clear that ὅσα is here exclamatory.
[1] This sentence is quoted - or rather, it is misquoted in the same way as here, with ἐμαυτοῦ omitted from the Aristophanic text - in a remarkable personal statement by the lexicographer in pi 44 in which he laments the evil effects of envy, seeing himself as a victim of it.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery
Translated by: Alan Sommerstein on 9 October 2003@12:17:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 10 October 2003@03:50:40.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 29 July 2013@03:16:37.


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