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Headword: Οὐχ οἷός τ' εἴμ'
Adler number: omicron,991
Translated headword: I am not such as
Vetting Status: high
"[I am not such as] to scare away the laughter, seeing a lionskin laid upon a saffron robe."[1] The saffron robe [is] a Dionysiac garment; but [Dionysus] was wearing a lionskin like Herakles.[2] The saying is applied to things that are anomalous.
And elsewhere: "he was not such as to comply voluntarily."[3]
Greek Original:
Οὐχ οἷός τ' εἴμ' ἀποσοβῆσαι τὸν γέλων, ὁρῶν λεοντῆν ἐπὶ κροκωτῷ κειμένην: Διονυσιακὸν φόρημα ὁ κροκωτός: ἐφόρει δὲ λεοντῆν ὡς Ἡρακλῆς. τάττεται δὲ ἡ παροιμία ἐπὶ τῶν ἀνομοίων. καὶ αὖθις: οὐχ οἷός τ' ἦν ἐθελοντὴς συνυπακούειν.
For the headword phrase (part of the first quotation given), see also omicron 990 and omicron 987.
[1] Herakles in Aristophanes, Frogs 45-6 (web address 1); see further, next note.
[2] Following a scholion to the aforementioned passage. The κροκωτός (generally an adjective, saffron-colored; but also, as a substantive, a full length yellow tunic; see LSJ s.v. and cf. kappa 2460 and kappa 2461) was a woman's dress, typically worn at festivals, and a traditional attribute of Dionysus (Dover, p. 40).
[3] Polybius 24.11.7 (web address 2), already at alpha 3897 with fuller context. It describes the reluctance of Philopoemen (ca. 253-182; cf. phi 409 and see OCD(4) s.v.) to abandon lawful procedure; Walbank, pp. 264-6.
K.J. Dover, ed., Aristophanes Frogs, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993
F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, vol. III, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979
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Web address 2
Keywords: biography; clothing; comedy; ethics; historiography; history; law; politics; women
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 24 August 2010@02:39:52.
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David Whitehead (modified tr; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 24 August 2010@03:40:32.
David Whitehead on 2 August 2013@06:06:19.
David Whitehead on 6 August 2014@03:34:55.


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