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Headword: Οἷος
Adler number: omicroniota,154
Translated headword: such [as to]
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] able.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "for I am no longer able to rise above the bilge." Meaning to hold up against and prevail over the situation. From a metaphor of boats, which are in danger when they are filled with bilge-water. He wants to say, I am overcome by the situation.[2]
And elsewhere [Aristophanes writes]: "of a wise man, who is able in brief to cut short many words."[3]
Greek Original:
Οἷος: δυνατός. Ἀριστοφάνης: οὐ γὰρ ἔθ' οἷός τ' εἶμ' ὑπερέχειν τῆς ἀντλίας. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἀντέχειν καὶ περιγίνεσθαι τοῦ πράγματος. ἀπὸ μεταφορᾶς τῶν πλοίων, ἅπερ κινδυνεύει τῆς ἀντλίας πληρωθέντα. βούλεται δὲ εἰπεῖν, ὅτι νικῶμαι ὑπὸ τοῦ πράγματος. καὶ αὖθις: σοφοῦ πρὸς ἀνδρός, ὅστις ἐν βραχεῖ πολλοὺς καλῶς οἷός τε συντέμνειν λόγους.
[1] cf. omicroniota 150, omicroniota 156, omicroniota 189.
[2] Aristophanes, Peace 17 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. alpha 2750, upsilon 272.
[3] Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 178 (web address 2); cf. sigma 792. Euripides is speaking.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; imagery; rhetoric
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 11 June 2005@00:53:59.
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