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Headword: Οὐδ' ἔργα μείω χειρὸς ἀρκέσας ἐμῆς
Adler number: omicron,815
Translated headword: having performed deeds not less than my own hand
Vetting Status: high
Plausibly[1] [sc. this means] not claiming to have endured more than his father, but not less.
Greek Original:
Οὐδ' ἔργα μείω χειρὸς ἀρκέσας ἐμῆς: πιθανῶς τὸ μὴ εἰπεῖν πλείονα τοῦ πατρὸς κακοπαθῆσαι, ἀλλὰ μὴ ἐλάττονα.
The headword phrase is quoted from the hero's speech at Sophocles, Ajax 439 (web address 1); the comment comes from the scholia there.
The participle used is the aorist active, masculine nominative (and vocative) singular, of the contract verb ἀρκέω (I keep off, ward off), but here with the sense I make good, achieve; see generally LSJ s.v. ἀρκέω II. [n her critical apparatus Adler notes that ms A transmits ἀρκέσης , a form otherwise unattested.]
The phrase's irregular comparative (μείω ) is the neuter nominative and accusative plural (and masculine and feminine accusative singular) of the adjectives ὀλίγος and μικρός ; see generally LSJ s.vv. [Adler notes that ms F reads μείων , the same comparative, but in masculine and feminine nominative singular; however, nothing else in the quotation suggests this choice, as ἔργα (see LSJ s.v. ἔργον ) is a neuter noun in the accusative plural, and χειρός (see LSJ s.v. χείρ ) is a feminine noun in the genitive singular.]
[1] This adverb introduces scholia which are less than certain about the meaning of the word or phrase they are addressing; cf. generally alphaiota 66.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; tragedy
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 11 July 2010@13:47:03.
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David Whitehead (another note; tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 July 2010@03:52:15.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 31 July 2013@06:41:21.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 8 August 2013@01:29:41.


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