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Headword: Οἰδοῦσαν
Adler number: omicroniota,37
Translated headword: swelling
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] being boastful. "[I received from you] the art [...]swollen under resounding boasts and ponderous phrases."[1]
And Eunapius [writes]: "when so great an evil was swelling and festering beneath."[2]
"But [Darius] decided not to send the army openly, as matters were still swelling."[3]
Greek Original:
Οἰδοῦσαν: κομπώδη οὖσαν. τὴν τέχνην. οἰδοῦσαν ὑπὸ κομπασμάτων καὶ ῥημάτων ἐπαχθῶν. καὶ Εὐνάπιος: τοσούτου δὲ οἰδοῦντος καὶ ὑποφυομένου κακοῦ. ὁ δὲ ἐκ τῆς ἰθείης οὐκ ἐδόκεε πέμπειν τὸν στρατόν, ἅτε τῶν πραγμάτων ἔτι οἰδούντων.
The headword is present active participle, feminine accusative singular, of the verb οἰδέω "swell" (omicroniota 30); cf. οἰδαίνων (omicroniota 28). It is extracted from the first quotation given, where it agrees with τέχνην "art". The glossing phrase "being boastful" comes from the scholia to line 940; cf. omicroniota 31.
[1] Aristophanes, Frogs 939-940, where Euripides complains that he inherited an art or style of tragedy from Aeschylus that was swollen, pompous and ponderous. Aristophanes plays on the double sense of κόμπος "clashing noise, boast" to describe this style (cf. κομπηρός ), and uses the medical metaphor of a swelling (resulting from bruises) that must be treated and healed, as Euripides claims to have done.
[2] Eunapius fr.1.271.20 Dindorf = fr.91 FHG (4.53).
[3] Herodotus 3.127 (cf. 3.76), of Darius' ruse for getting rid of Oroetes. See also iota 245.
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; imagery; medicine; military affairs; rhetoric; tragedy
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 12 January 2003@09:20:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added x-ref and keyword; cosmetics) on 13 January 2003@03:42:58.
Ross Scaife ✝ on 13 January 2003@07:38:02.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 5 August 2013@06:01:03.


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