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Headword: Παῦε, παῦ', δέσποθ' Ἑρμῆ
Adler number: pi,805
Translated headword: stop stop lord Hermes
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. Trygaeus says this to Hermes] because he is slandering Kleon, who is dead. It was customary for the ancients not to slander those who have passed on.[1]
Greek Original:
Παῦε, παῦ', ὦ δέσποθ' Ἑρμῆ: νεκρὸν γὰρ ὄντα τὸν Κλέωνα ἐλοιδόρει. ἔθος δὲ ἦν τοῖς ἀρχαίοις τοὺς ἀποιχομένους μὴ λοιδορεῖν.
Notes:
The headword-phrase quotes Aristophanes, Peace 648, and the gloss echoes scholiastic comment on it; cf. already alpha 3719 (and for Kleon see kappa 1731).
[1] For this principle in Athenian law see Demosthenes 20.104; Plutarch, Solon 21.
Keywords: biography; comedy; ethics; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 December 2000@10:10:20.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link and keyword, set status) on 10 May 2004@01:33:08.
David Whitehead (supplemented translation, note, keywords) on 10 May 2004@04:11:03.
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