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Headword: Περισσά
Adler number: pi,1278
Translated headword: odd, superfluous
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the [numbers] which in arithmetic are called unpaired, such as one, three, and the like. Paired [numbers] are even, such as two, four.[1]
"Abandon superfluous words, and do not teach me that my mother is bad or that Aegisthus draws from the house the paternal inheritance and pours out some [goods] but vainly scatters others. For speech would drive out your opportune time." For, he is saying, the idleness of talk takes away the opportunity of the deeds which are going to be done. Orestes says [this] to Electra.[2]
Greek Original:
Περισσά: τὰ ἐν τῇ ἀριθμητικῇ καλούμενα ἄζυγα οἷον ἕν, τρία καὶ τὰ ὅμοια. ἄρτια δὲ τὰ ζυγά, οἷον δύο, τέσσαρα. τὰ μὲν περισσεύοντα τῶν λόγων ἄφες, καὶ μήτε μήτηρ ὡς κακὴ δίδασκέ με, μήθ' ὡς πατρῴαν κτῆσιν Αἴγισθος δόμων ἀντλεῖ, τὰ δ' ἐκχεῖ, τὰ δὲ διασπείρει μάτην. χρόνου γὰρ ἄν σοι καιρὸν ἐξείργοι λόγος. ἀφαιρεῖται γάρ, φησί, τὴν εὐκαιρίαν τῶν μελλόντων πραχθῆναι ἡ τῶν λόγων ἀδολεσχία. Ὀρέστης φησὶ πρὸς Ἠλέκτραν.
cf. pi 1225, pi 1279, pi 1326, pi 1327.
[1] Same material in other lexica; references at Photius pi750 Theodoridis. See also alpha 4036 ἄρτια .
[2] Sophocles, Electra 1288-1292 (web address 1), with scholion on 1292.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: definition; economics; ethics; mathematics; mythology; tragedy; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 3 June 2004@02:32:04.
Vetted by:
Marcelo Boeri (Added a reference.) on 3 June 2004@13:10:04.
David Whitehead (corrected note number; other cosmetics) on 4 June 2004@03:30:22.
Catharine Roth (changed keyword) on 29 September 2005@11:21:33.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; more keywords; cosmetics) on 26 September 2011@08:31:38.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, upgraded link) on 26 September 2011@09:56:40.
David Whitehead on 26 September 2013@09:04:35.


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