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Headword: Θυμόσοφος
Adler number: theta,577
Translated headword: spirit-wise
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning one who is] easily-taught, natural, gifted.[1]
Wise as a result of one's own spirit, and not as a result of education.
So this is what they used to call those who were naturally sharp learners.[2]
Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "anyhow, teach him; he is spirit-wise by nature."[3]
Greek Original:
Θυμόσοφος: εὐμαθής, φυσικός, εὐφυής. ἐκ τοῦ ἰδίου θυμοῦ σοφός, καὶ οὐκ ἐκ μαθήσεως. τοὺς οὖν ἐκ φύσεως ὀξυμαθεῖς οὕτως ἐκάλουν. Ἀριστοφάνης Νεφέλαις: ἀμέλει, δίδασκε: θυμόσοφός ἐστι φύσει.
For this headword cf. already epsilon 576. Much of the material in this entry has parallels in scholia to the Aristophanes passage quoted: see n. 3 below.
[1] = Synagoge theta134; Photius, Lexicon theta269 (where Theodoridis obelizes φυσικός , following those who prefer to see an adverb here); cf. Hesychius theta895.
[2] cf. Appendix Proverbiorum 3.22.
[3] Aristophanes, Clouds 877 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: children; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; philosophy; poetry; proverbs
Translated by: William Hutton on 20 February 2008@02:00:39.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 20 February 2008@04:05:11.
William Hutton (augmented and rearranged notes) on 20 February 2008@09:34:15.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 7 January 2013@06:57:29.
David Whitehead (coding) on 28 April 2016@06:42:58.


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