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Headword: Ὑψηλοτέρας
Adler number: upsilon,747
Translated headword: more lofty
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] more boastful, more excellent. "[He] wrote letters more lofty than Capaneus [sc. would have written], [when he was] puffed-up or deflated or even cajoled,[2] because of which I often call the god to mind, and I cry out that [verse] 'Io Nemesis and deep-roaring thunderbolts'."[3]
And elsewhere: "you think lofty thoughts, and you travel on the heights" -- that is, you were going prancing on tip-toe -- "when being nothing you stood up for this nothing, and you swore that we came neither as generals nor admirals of the Achaeans."[4]
Greek Original:
Ὑψηλοτέρας: ἀλαζονικωτέρας, ὑπερφερεστέρας. ὑψηλοτέρας ἔγραψε Καπανέως ἐπιστολάς, ἐπαρθεὶς ἢ χαυνωθεὶς ἢ καὶ κεπφωθείς, ὑπὲρ ὧν τὸν θεὸν πολλάκις ὑπομιμνήσκω, καὶ τὸ Ἰὼ Νέμεσι καὶ βαρύβρομοι βρονταὶ συνεχῶς βοῶ. καὶ αὖθις: ὑψῆλ' ἐφρόνεις, κἀπ' ἄκρων ὡδοιπόρεις [τουτέστιν ἐπ' ἄκρων δακτύλων ἔβαινες γαυριῶν], ὅτ' οὐδὲν ὢν τοῦ μηδὲν ἀντέστης ὕπερ, κοὔτε στρατηγοὺς οὔτε ναυάρχους μολεῖν ἡμᾶς Ἀχαιῶν, οὔτε σὺ διωμόσω.
Notes:
The headword, presumably extracted from the first quotation given, is feminine accusative plural of the comparative of ὑψηλός : cf. upsilon 748.
[2] For the participle κεπφωθείς see kappa 1348.
[3] Adler notes that Jonathan Toup (1713-1785) attributed this passage -- quoted with variations at epsilon 1062, q.v. for Capaneus -- to Synesius or the emperor Julian. The writer quotes Euripides, Phoenician Women 182 (cf. iota 454, nu 162).
[4] Sophocles, Ajax 1230-33 (web address 1), with scholion.
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Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; military affairs; mythology; religion; rhetoric; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 24 March 2007@23:27:01.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented notes and keywords) on 25 March 2007@05:03:51.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference, upgraded link) on 22 April 2011@01:42:53.
Catharine Roth (tweaked punctuation) on 23 April 2011@01:57:16.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 25 April 2011@04:24:16.
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