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Headword: Ponos ponôi ponon pherei
Adler number: pi,2046
Translated headword: toil brings toil to toil
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The [preposition] pro/s ['in addition'] is missing, so that it would be 'toil brings toil in addition to toil.' Also the 'toil to toil' is archaic, like 'work upon work',[1] but the second 'toil' is used colloquially, in the sense of 'weariness'. And Homer [writes]: "everywhere evil is affixed to evil."[2] The same Aristophanes in Trachiniae [writes]: "for night brings on and night banishes the received toil."[3]
Greek Original:
Ponos ponôi ponon pherei: leipei hê pros, hin' êi, ho ponos pros tôi ponôi ponon pherei. kai esti to men ponos ponôi archaïkon, hôs ergon ep' ergôi, to de deuteron ponon koinôs, hoion kamaton. kai Homêros: pantê de kakon kakôi estêriktai. ho autos Aristophanês en Trachiniais: nux gar eisagei, kai nux apôtheitai dedegmenon ponon.
Notes:
Sophocles, Ajax 866, with comments from the scholia.
[1] Hesiod, Works and Days 382 (missed by Adler).
[2] Homer, Iliad 16.111, with some variant readings.
[3] An approximation of Sophocles, Trachiniae 29-30. The Suda's ascription of the quotation to Aristophanes is not present in the Sophoclean scholia from which the rest of the entry is drawn. This might suggest that the entry's composer was unaware of the origin of both the headword phrase and the material used to gloss it. Nevertheless mss M and G do, Adler reports, have the name Sophocles. Bernhardy conjectured o( au)to/s 'the same' without a proper name, so that different scribes might have supplied the name differently.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: William Hutton on 20 January 2013@23:29:25.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, expanded note, set status) on 21 January 2013@01:15:46.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 21 January 2013@03:30:01.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaking) on 10 October 2013@04:21:13.

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