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Headword: Πείθω
Adler number: pi,1440
Translated headword: I persuade
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The [verb that means] I convince.
[Used] with an accusative.[1] "Gifts persuade even gods."[2] And, "are we persuading you with these words (or do you need others?)"[3]
But πείθομαι ["I obey"] [is used] with a dative:[4] "I thought it was necessary to obey our decisions."[5] And, "obey your leaders."[6]
Greek Original:
Πείθω: τὸ καταπείθω. αἰτιατικῇ. πείθει δῶρα καὶ θεούς. καί, ἆρα πείθομεν ὑμᾶς τοῖς λόγοις τούτοις, ἢ ἑτέρων δεήσεσθε; Πείθομαι δὲ δοτικῇ: ἀναγκαῖον εἶναι ἡγούμην πείθεσθαι τοῖς ἡμετέροις βουλεύμασι. καί, πείθεσθε τοῖς ἡγουμένοις ὑμῶν.
Notes:
(Entry lacking, Adler reports, in ms F.)
For the verb πείθω , cf. pi 998, pi 999.
[1] Active voice.
[2] Euripides, Medea 964 (web address 1): πείθειν δῶρα καὶ θεοὺς λόγος .
[3] The quotation is unidentifiable; however, its first clause appears twice in the orations of Gregory of Nazianzus (PG 36.357, PG 36.488), and it is possible that the Suda's second clause simply expands on that.
[4] Middle voice.
[5] At Lexica Segueriana 164.21-23 this is said to come 'from the [speech] against Aristokrates', i.e. Demosthenes 23; but it does not, and its actual source is unidentifiable.
[6] Epistle to the Hebrews 13:17.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion; rhetoric; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 18 May 2004@23:41:20.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 19 May 2004@03:48:32.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 15 May 2011@08:03:31.
Catharine Roth (fixed link, raised status) on 15 September 2011@19:08:05.
David Whitehead on 2 October 2013@06:26:21.
David Whitehead (another note) on 13 April 2014@07:34:49.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 13 April 2014@09:36:29.

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