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Headword: Σεμνομυθοῦσιν
Adler number: sigma,226
Translated headword: they speak with dignity
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] they behave arrogantly in their speeches.[1]
"The dignified Hasdrubal, all his fine words forgotten, fell on his knees before the general [i.e. Scipio Aemilianus]".[2]
Greek Original:
Σεμνομυθοῦσιν: ὑπερηφανεύονται ἐν λόγοις. ὁ δὲ σεμνὸς Ἁσδρούβας συνέπεσε τῷ στρατηγῷ πρὸς τὰ γόνατα, ἐπιλελησμένος τῆς μεγαλορρημοσύνης.
Notes:
[1] Likewise in other lexica: see the references at Photius sigma142 Theodoridis, where the editor claims the source of the headword itself -- third person plural, present indicative active, of σεμνομυθέω (a rare variant, first in Euripides, of σεμνολογέω , sigma 225) -- as Philo Judaeus, de congressu eruditionis gratia 130.
[2] For Hasdrubal cf. phi 302. The present quotation has from time to time been attributed to and taken away from Polybius (not in B-W, for instance); Favuzzi [see under alpha 1596] 207-208 now assigns it on vocabulary-based grounds to John of Antioch.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs; religion; rhetoric; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 4 June 2013@05:23:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (coding, status) on 5 June 2013@01:25:37.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 5 June 2013@03:04:53.
David Whitehead on 23 December 2013@04:14:44.

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