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Headword: Παίειν
Adler number: pi,874
Translated headword: to beat
Vetting Status: high
Thus they call doing anything whatsoever intensely.[1] Aristophanes in Acharnians [writes]: "and the young man quickly beats [the old man] with terse words."[2]
Greek Original:
Παίειν: οὕτω λέγουσι τὸ πᾶν ὁτιοῦν συντόνως ποιεῖν. Ἀριστοφάνης Ἀχαρνεῦσιν: ὁ δὲ νεανίας ἐς τάχος παίει στρογγύλοις τοῖς ῥήμασι.
The headword is the present active infinitive of the verb παίω (I strike, I smite); cf. pi 873, pi 880, pi 893, pi 894, and LSJ s.v. In the following quotation it appears in the present indicative active, third person singular.
[1] From the scholia to the passage about to be quoted.
[2] The quotation (again at sigma 1209) is taken from the Chorus Leader's speech in protest at an old man's courtroom plight: Aristophanes, Acharnians 685-6 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; law
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 10 June 2008@19:56:12.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 10 June 2008@23:43:12.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaks and cosmetics) on 11 June 2008@03:35:18.
David Whitehead on 2 September 2011@11:16:29.


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