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Headword: Θυμὸν ὀξίνην πεπωκότες
Adler number: theta,571
Translated headword: drunk on sharp anger
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"We fight them 'with spear, with shield', drunk on sharp anger [thymos]".
Greek Original:
Θυμὸν ὀξίνην πεπωκότες: ξὺν δορὶ ξὺν ἀσπίδι μαχόμεθ' αὐτοῖσι, θυμὸν ὀξίνην πεπωκότες.
Notes:
Aristophanes, Wasps 1081-2. MacDowell (below) 371 explains the pun here: 'most wasps drink from thyme (θύμον ) which is sweet, but these Athenian wasps drank in a spirit (θύμος ) which was bitter'.
For 'with spear, with shield' see sigma 1461; and cf. also omicron 415.
Reference:
Aristophanes, Wasps, edited with introduction and commentary by Douglas MacDowell (Oxford 1971)
Keywords: comedy; daily life; food; imagery; military affairs; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 26 April 2003@07:42:10.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 16 August 2003@01:27:43.
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