translation... etc

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Sat Sep 8 05:56:01 EDT 2001


At 1:02 AM -0500 9/8/01, Paul Schmehl wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Stephen C. Carlson" <scarlson at mindspring.com>
>To: "Biblical Greek" <b-greek at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
>Sent: Friday, September 07, 2001 11:03 PM
>Subject: [b-greek] re: translation... etc
>
>>It appears that Jim did a copy and paste job from the Perseus
>>web site's Duke Database of Documentary Papyri.  This also
>>explains why Jim's context is the last half of one sentence
>>and the first half of another.  The full sentences are:
>
>>META THN ANAGNWSIN, SABEINOS EPARCOS AIGUPTOS SERHNWi hRHTORI,
>>EIPEN: ANAGNWQI KAI SU NOMON.  SELEUKOS SUNERGOS EIPEN: KAI
>>META SEOUHRON PANTES hOI hEGOUMENOI hOUTWS APEFHANTO.
>
>And Perseus defines ANAGNWSIN thus: "recognition", based on LSJ and Middle
>Liddell.  Middle Liddell also indicates that in Plato it's used in the sense
>of "reading".  Perhaps Jim is getting "recite" from the Latin  "recitatio"?
>But that means reading.
>
>And ANAGNWQI is defined thus: "to know well, know certainly"
>
>And wouldn't the phrase in question (ANAGNWQI KAI SU MOU NOMON) be something
>along the lines of "Also, you knew full well my law"?  I don't see how this
>could be understood as "recite" here.  Am I missing something?

ANAGNWQI is 2 sg. aor. imperative active; I think the clause in question
must mean something like, "Now YOU also read aloud (to the public) my law."
The all-important CONTEXT seems to indicate that it is the official, the
EPARCOS, who tells the hRHTWR (the public speaker) to do this.
-- 

Carl W. Conrad
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