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Headword: Παῦρα
Adler number: pi,816
Translated headword: little [things]
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] few [ones], short[-lived ones].[1] Homer [writes]: "[he spoke] little, but very clearly; because [he was] not wordy".[2]
And again Aristophanes [writes]: "having pained [people] little, [but] caused [them] much amusement".[3] Meaning having satirised [them] in a few ways. Similar to "a son very few [= little] like him".[4]
Greek Original:
Παῦρα: ὀλίγα, βραχέα. Ὅμηρος: παῦρα μέν, ἀλλὰ μάλα λιγέως: ἐπεὶ οὐ πολύμυθος. καὶ αὖθις Ἀριστοφάνης: παῦρ' ἀνιάσας, πόλλ' εὐφράνας. ἀντὶ τοῦ ὀλίγα κωμῳδήσας. ὁμοίως τῷ, ἦ ὀλίγον οἱ παῖδα ἐοικότα.
[1] Neuter plural of this adjective, from the quotation which follows.
[2] Referring to Menelaus; Homer, Iliad 3.214 (web address 1).
[3] Aristophanes, Peace 764 (web address 2); see also the corresponding scholia.
[4] On Tydeus and Diomedes [Author, Myth]; Homer, Iliad 5.800 (web address 3); also quoted in omicron 158 and omicron 165.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; mythology
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 22 August 2007@09:01:08.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 23 August 2007@04:11:48.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, upgraded links) on 26 November 2009@00:37:04.
David Whitehead on 2 September 2011@09:03:03.
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