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Headword: Θρηνεῖν ἐπῳδάς
Adler number: theta,480
Translated headword: to wail enchantments
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] to proclaim and to sing as an incantation. Sophocles [writes]: "it is not for a wise doctor to wail enchantments over one who needs surgery". That is, it is not for a wise doctor to proclaim enchantments over a wound which already requires surgery.[1] And in Herdsmen [he writes]: "for nowhere do I know of a gaping wound [sc. inflicted] by a word/speech."[2]
Greek Original:
Θρηνεῖν ἐπῳδάς: ἐπιφωνεῖν καὶ ἐπᾴδειν. Σοφοκλῆς: οὐ πρὸς ἰατροῦ σοφοῦ θρηνεῖν ἐπῳδὰς πρὸς τομῶντι. τουτέστιν οὐκ ἔστιν ἰατροῦ σοφοῦ ἐπῳδαῖς χρῆσθαι τοῦ τραύματος ἤδη τομῆς δεομένου. καὶ ἐν Ποιμέσι: λόγῳ γὰρ οὐδὲν ἕλκος οἶδά που χανόν.
Notes:
The headword phrase is quoted from the first quotation given.
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 581-582, with comment from the scholia there; cf. epsilon 2833, pi 3143.
[2] Sophocles fr. 467 (which has only a loose connection with the rest of the entry).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; medicine; meter and music; tragedy
Translated by: Ryan Stone on 1 March 2008@21:51:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified tr; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 3 March 2008@10:18:37.
David Whitehead on 6 January 2013@07:23:46.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 28 January 2014@04:49:26.
David Whitehead (my typo) on 28 April 2016@06:09:10.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 14 December 2018@01:42:03.

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