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Headword: Οὐδὲν δὲ οἷον ἔστ' ἀκοῦσαι τῶν ἐπῶν
Adler number: omicron,786
Translated headword: there is nothing like hearing the verses
Vetting Status: high
That is, there is nothing now preventing us listening to the oracles. This is how they used to refer to something advantageous. 'Nothing like' [means] nothing preventing.
Greek Original:
Οὐδὲν δὲ οἷον ἔστ' ἀκοῦσαι τῶν ἐπῶν: τουτέστιν οὐδὲν κωλύον ἐστὶ καὶ νῦν ἀκοῦσαι τῶν χρησμῶν. οὕτως ἔλεγον τὸ λυσιτελοῦν. οὐδὲν οἷον, οὐδὲν κωλύον.
Aristophanes, Birds 966 (with εἰσακοῦσαι for the Suda's ἐστ' ἀκοῦσαι : web address 1), with scholion.
cf. already omicron 784, with other classical instances of this rare idiom -- misunderstood, as Dunbar 543 notes, by the ancient commentators.
N. Dunbar (ed.). Aristophanes: Birds (OUP 1995)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 May 2010@05:38:44.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 29 May 2010@13:01:04.
David Whitehead (expanded and tweaked note) on 30 May 2010@04:06:44.
David Whitehead on 31 July 2013@04:34:04.


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