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Headword: *filh/mwn
Adler number: phi,328
Translated headword: Philemon
Vetting Status: high
The vocative [is] 'w)= *filh=mon'[1].
"This man, though he lived to be 101 years old,[2] suffered no bodily disability; moreover by some miracle of fortune he kept all his senses intact. And of course this is agreed to as well: when the Athenians were at war with Antigonos,[3] Philemon, who was living in Piraieus, had a dream in which 9 girls came out of his house, and he dreamt that he asked them for what purpose they were leaving him; and he thought he heard them saying that they were going outdoors, since it was not right for them to hear. At this point the dream came to an end, and he, when he woke up, explained to his slave what he had seen and what he had heard and what he had said. But then he wrote the rest of the play which he happened to be conducting during the present crisis. When he was done with that task he lay down in peace and then began to snore lightly. Those who were in the house thought that he was sleeping; but when this went on for a long time, they pulled his covers back and saw that he was dead. Therefore, Epicurus, it was the nine Muses who visited Philemon, and when he was about to go on his fated and final journey, they departed. For it is not at all proper for gods to see people still when they are dead,[4] even if they are extremely beloved, nor to stain their vision with mortal expirations. But you, you fool, say that they do not pay attention to us." So says Aelian in his On Providence.[5]
Greek Original:
*filh/mwn. h( klhtikh\ w)= *filh=mon. ou(=tos biw/sas e)/th a# kai\ r# a)/phros h)=n to\ sw=ma: kai\ me/ntoi kai\ ta\s ai)sqh/seis pa/sas a)sinei=s eu)moiri/a| tini\ diesw/sato. o(mologou=si dh/pou kai\ tou=to: polemou/ntwn de\ *)aqhnai/wn kai\ *)antigo/nou, *peiraiei= diaitw/menos o( *filh/mwn o)/nar o(ra=| ko/ras e)ciou/sas q# th=s oi)ki/as au)tou=: e)do/kei de\ e)re/sqai au)ta/s, ti/ boulo/menoi katalei/pousin, au)tw=n de\ w)/|eto a)kou=sai legousw=n e)/cw qurw=n i)e/nai, mh\ ga\r ei)=nai qemito\n a)kou=sai au)ta/s: kai\ to\n me\n o)/neiron e)ntau=qa pau/sasqai: au)to\s de\ diupnisqei\s tw=| paidi\ perihgei=tai a(/ te ei)=de kai\ o(/sa h)/kouse kai\ a(/tina ei)=pen. ei)=ta me/ntoi e)/graye ta\ loipa\ tou= dra/matos, o(/per ou)=n e)/tuxe dia\ th=s parou/shs a)/gwn fronti/dos. kai\ e)pilusa/menos h(suxh=| e)/keito: ka)=|ta u(pere/gxe. kai\ oi(/ ge e)/ndon w)/|onto kaqeu/dein au)to/n. e)pei\ de\ makro\n tou=to h)=n, e)kkalu/yantes teqnew=ta e)qea/santo. ou)kou=n, w)= *)epi/koure, parh=san de\ kai\ *filh/moni e)nne/a *mou=sai, kai\ o(/te e)/melle th\n e)pinhsqei=sa/n oi( kai\ teleutai/an o(do\n i)e/nai, w)/|xonto a)piou=sai: qeoi=s ga\r ou)damh=| qemito\n o(ra=n e)/ti nekrou/s, kai\ e)a\n w)=si pa/nu fi/loi, ou)de\ o)/mma xrai/nein qanasi/moisin e)kpnoai=s. su\ de\ le/geis au)tou\s mh\ h(mi=n prose/xein, w)= mw=re. ou(/tw fhsi\n *ai)liano\s e)n tw=| *peri\ pronoi/as.
A second entry about Philemon the comic poet; see already phi 327, and cf. phi 329. This Suda entry = testimonium #6 in Kassel-Austin.
[1] i.e. Philemon with an omicron, rather than the omega found in the nominative case.
[2] Other traditions say 97 or 99.
[3] 260s BCE, during the Chremonidean War (of Greek rebellion against Antigonus Gonatas).
[4] cf. Euripides, Hippolytus 1437-8.
[5] Aelian fr. 11 Domingo-Forasté (11 Hercher).
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; dreams; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; medicine; military affairs; mythology; philosophy; poetry; religion; tragedy; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 18 March 2001@23:46:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; minor cosmetics) on 19 March 2001@06:02:29.
David Whitehead (restorative cosmetics) on 20 December 2002@05:23:49.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 9 October 2005@08:47:15.
Catharine Roth (updated reference in note 5) on 28 March 2011@01:15:12.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 28 March 2011@03:29:31.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 5 July 2013@01:53:27.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 9 December 2013@08:19:28.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note) on 26 December 2014@05:49:02.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 20 February 2023@00:11:41.


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