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Headword: Οὐδὲν πρὸς ἔπος
Adler number: omicron,805
Translated headword: nothing for a word, not for a mere promise
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"[Not for a mere promise] will I thus stupidly throw away [my sweat and thriftiness], until I know in full how the whole matter stands." Instead of at random, for the sake of nothing at all.
Greek Original:
Οὐδὲν πρὸς ἔπος οὕτως ἀνοήτως ἐκβαλῶ, πρὶν ἐκπύθωμαι πᾶν τὸ πρᾶγμ', ὅπως ἔχει. ἀντὶ τοῦ ὡς ἔτυχεν, ἐκ τοῦ μηδενός.
Notes:
Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae [Women running the Assembly] 751-752, here divided between headword phrase and gloss. (The direct objects of the verb, already given in 750, are added here in parentheses.) The following comment is from the scholion on 751. See already omicron 804, esp. n.1 there, and again omicron 975.
After the Assemblywomen have passed a communistic law that everyone should hand in their property to be shared by all, this cautious stranger refuses to comply with the law, using an idiom to imply that the law is nothing but words, an empty promise. See web address 1.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; law; proverbs; women
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 2 May 2003@03:25:13.
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David Whitehead (added x-ref and keywords; cosmetics) on 2 May 2003@06:07:36.
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