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Headword: Θαλφθῇ
Adler number: theta,33
Translated headword: it be softened
Vetting Status: high
It be deceived by the manoeuvring of the words, it be enticed. Aristophanes [writes]: "[the serpent is] now to overpower [the leather-eagle], unless it be softened with words."[1]
Also [sc. attested is] 'being softened', [meaning] being deceived.[2]
Greek Original:
Θαλφθῇ: ἐξαπατηθῇ τῇ τῶν λόγων περιδρομῇ, δελεασθῇ. Ἀριστοφάνης: ἤδη κρατήσειν, αἴκε μὴ θαλφθῇ λόγοις. καὶ Θαλπόμενοι, ἐξαπατώμενοι.
The headword (extracted from the quotation given) is aorist passive subjunctive, third person singular, of θάλπω ('warm', 'melt', 'soften': theta 27). Also glossed in the entry is the present middle/passive participle, masculine nominative plural, of the same verb.
[1] From the mock-oracle in Aristophanes, Knights 210 (web address 1), with scholion. The 'leather-eagle' is Kleon (kappa 1731), here to be politically eclipsed by the seller of serpent-shaped sausages.
[2] See already theta 26 (q.v.).
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; imagery; politics; religion; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 March 2008@09:36:03.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (augmented notes, added link, raised status) on 28 March 2008@13:07:58.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1; more keywords) on 30 March 2008@04:20:02.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 24 December 2012@04:43:31.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 29 December 2012@22:48:14.


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