By Hugh Lloyd-Jones
The Justice of Zeus by way of Hugh Lloyd-Jones
overview via: John Peradotto
The Classical Journal
Vol. 70, No. three (Feb. - Mar., 1975) , pp. 61-68
released by means of: The Classical organization of the center West and South
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V. βινέω, and cf. 54–62. The appearance of βινεῖν in a Solonian law code (Solon test. Vet. 4. 210. 25 It is noteworthy, too, that once one obscenity has been delivered (at 35), others follow in quick succession (βινεῖσθαι, “to be fucked,” 50; λαικάζει, “he is sucking cock,” 57; πέος, “cock,” 62). The principle that an “obscenity out of nowhere” can be used to attack and undermine also holds good for the Sausage-seller’s snipe at Paphlagon at Eq. 1010, “he can go bite his cock (peos)” (τὸ πέος οὐτοσὶ δάκοι), or Dicaeopolis’ use of the words “cock-suckers” and “buggers” (λαικαστάς and καταπύγονας) at Ach.
30; Eq. 115; Nu. 9; V. 1177; Ec. 78, 464; Pl. 176. cf. ἀνταποπέρδεσθαι (Nu. 293); ἀποπέρδεσθαι (V. 394; Av. 792; Ra. 10; Pl. 699); ἐπιπέρδεσθαι (Eq. 639); καταπέρδεσθαι (V. 618; Pax 547; Pl. 618), προσπέρδεσθαι (Ra. 1074) and ὑποπέρδεσθαι (Ra. 1097). 34 James Robson sure, with no native speakers to interrogate, we can never be certain of the precise resonance a particular term or expression might have possessed at any given time (and different speakers may well have varied in their opinions in any case).
As they say, citizens have ample opportunity to leave Athens voluntarily if they do not like what the Laws stand for. ” Given the circumstances, these are poignant words: Socrates has spent his life trying to persuade his fellow citizens to avoid the trappings most men regard as the keys to virtue—status, money, glibness of speech, material possessions—trying, in other words, to persuade them to live a good and just life if he sensed that they were not. Something has gone wrong, however, since the very people who made and administered the laws remained sufficiently un-persuaded by his discourse to turn them against him and prosecute him unjustly.