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Headword: Οὐχ ὑπ' ἄλλων, ἀλλὰ τοῖς αὑτῶν πτεροῖς ἁλισκόμεθα
Adler number: omicron,992
Translated headword: not by others but by our own feathers are we being taken
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Meaning we have done this to ourselves, for [there is a] story [to the effect that] the eagle, having been struck by an arrow from a bow and having seen its manner of fletching, said, "not by others, but by our own feathers are we being taken."[1]
Greek Original:
Οὐχ ὑπ' ἄλλων, ἀλλὰ τοῖς αὑτῶν πτεροῖς ἁλισκόμεθα: ἀντὶ τοῦ ἑαυτοῖς ταῦτα πεποιήκαμεν, λόγος γάρ, πληγέντα ἀτράκτῳ τοξικῷ τὸν αἰετὸν εἰπεῖν ἰδόντα τὴν μηχανὴν τοῦ πτερώματος, οὐχ ὑπ' ἄλλων, ἀλλὰ τοῖς αὑτῶν πτεροῖς ἁλισκόμεθα.
Notes:
The headword phrase is quoted from Aeschylus fr. 139.4-5 Radt. There, in the lost play Myrmidons, Achilles faults himself for causing Patroklos' death after lending him armor, and compares himself to an eagle shot down by an arrow that had been fletched with an eagle's feathers: they both caused their own misfortunes (Dunbar, pp. 488-9).
The verb is an alternative (to ἁλισκόμεσθα ) spelling for the present indicative middle/passive, first person plural form of ἁλίσκομαι (I am being taken, captured); see generally LSJ s.v.
[In her critical apparatus Adler notes that ms F omitted this entry.]
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 808 (web address 1), where the headword phrase, except for the verb, is quoted; cf. epsiloniota 64 and tau 183. [Adler notes that mss AG omitted the lemma's repetition at the end of the gloss.]
Reference:
N. Dunbar, ed., Aristophanes, Birds, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; imagery; military affairs; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 31 August 2010@01:29:06.
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