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γεραίρων, ‘honouring,’ is in my belief a certain correction of the MS. “παρείρων”. The latter=‘weaving in,’ as a thread into a texture, or a flower into a wreath: for the genuine fig. use of it, see Plat. Symp. 6. 2μεταξὺ τοῦ ὑμᾶς λέγειν οὐδ᾽ ἂν τρίχα, μὴ ὅτι λόγον, ἄν τις παρείρειε”: ‘while you are speaking, one could not put in a hair, much less a speech’ (so close and continuous is the texture of your speaking). Here, “παρείρων” has been explained as, ‘weaving the laws (etc.) into the texture of his life’; but, even if we grant that so strange a phrase would be possible with words added to express ‘the texture of his life,’ it is certainly impossible without them. Dindorf proposed “παραιρῶν” as=‘wresting,’ ‘violating’ (a strange sense), and pointed at “δίκαν:” ‘he comes to evil (though at other times to good) when he violates the laws,’ etc. “ΓΕΠΑΙΠΟΝ” could easily generate “ΠΑΠΕΙΠΟΝ. γεραίρειν”, prop. to distinguish by gifts of honour, is also a general poet. synonym for “τιμᾶν”: cp.

5. 67 “ἐτίμων τὸν Ἄδρηστον καὶ δὴ πρὸς τὰ πάθεα αὐτοῦ τραγικοῖσι χοροῖσι ἐγέραιρον”. Ar. Th. 960γένος Ὀλυμπίων θεῶν μέλπε καὶ γέραιρε φωνῇ”.


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