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Headword: Οὐδὲν ἔλαττον
Adler number: omicron,787
Translated headword: not less
Vetting Status: high
"He enchanted the listeners not less, or perhaps more, [than] Homer's Odysseus [enchanted] the Phaeacians. At any rate Alkinoos[1] [was] full of apology, an [apology] true in its [sc. hidden] meaning but in appearance diverted towards falsehood."
Greek Original:
Οὐδὲν ἔλαττον: ὁ δὲ ἐκήλει τοὺς ἀκούοντας οὐδὲν ἔλαττον, εἰ μὴ καὶ πλέον Ὀδυσσεὺς Ὁμήρου τοὺς Φαίακας. ὁ μέν γε Ἀλκίνοος ἀπολογίας μεστός, ἐν μὲν ὑπονοίαις ἀληθευούσης, ἐν δὲ τῷ φανερῷ διαβεβλημένης εἰς τὸ ψευδέστερον.
Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 48 Asmus, 93 Zintzen, 113 Athanassiadi; already quoted in part at epsilon 436. (Adler notes, but does not comment on, Bernhardy's attribution of this material to Eunapius.)
[1] More exactly, Odysseus' tale to Alkinoos (king of the Phaeacians and father of Nausikaa: alpha 1286) in Homer, Odyssey 9-12. 'Alkinoos' apology', shorthand for this, became a proverbial phrase: Plato, Republic 10.614B (web address 1) and the paroemiographers.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; daily life; epic; imagery; mythology; philosophy; proverbs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 21 December 2006@17:45:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 22 December 2006@03:48:11.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note) on 31 July 2013@04:36:18.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 31 July 2013@11:08:42.


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