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Headword: *para\ th\n au(tw=n fu/sin
Adler number: pi,464
Translated headword: contrary to their own nature
Vetting Status: high
Meaning unexpectedly.[1] "But the tyrants, contrary to their own nature, felt ashamed to involve the priestess in evil."[2]
Greek Original:
*para\ th\n au(tw=n fu/sin: a)nti\ tou=, parado/cws. oi( de\ tu/rannoi para\ th\n au(tw=n fu/sin h)|de/sqhsan th\n i(e/reian kakw=| tw| peribalei=n.
The headword phrase is presumably extracted from the quotation given.
[1] For a (fortuitous) near-reversal of this headword phrase and gloss, see Aeschines 2.40 (web address 1) with scholion. Aeschines is accusing his political rival Demosthenes of 'unexpectedly' disclosing to him the meaning of three vulgar expressions (kappa 1410, pi 88, pi 887); Maxwell-Stuart, pp. 7-12) and the scholiast glosses the adverb as 'contrary to his own nature'.
[2] Aelian fr. 313 Hercher (310 Domingo-Forasté), contextless. [In her critical apparatus, Adler notes that ms. M and the corrected edition of ms. F read peri\: imputable to their own nature.]
P.G. Maxwell-Stuart, 'Three words of abusive slang in Aeschines,' American Journal of Philology 96.1 (1975)
D. Domingo-Forasté, ed., Clavdii Aeliani: Epistvlae et Fragmenta, Stuttgart and Leipzig: Teubner, 1994
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Keywords: definition; ethics; history; politics; religion; rhetoric; women
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 30 November 2010@01:51:51.
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David Whitehead (modified notes; tweaks and cosmetics) on 30 November 2010@03:41:10.
Catharine Roth (tweaked reference, upgraded link) on 21 June 2011@21:59:27.
David Whitehead on 30 August 2011@06:43:21.


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