previous next

ἀοιδός=“ἐπῳδός”, one who uses “ἐπῳδαί”, incantations, in healing: see on O. C.1194.

τίς χειροτέχνης, sc.ἐστίν”. (There is no art. before “ἀοιδός”, because the insertion of ὃς was an afterthought.) This is a climax; since, when gentle “ἐπῳδαί” failed, the next resort was to drugs or surgery: Ai.581οὐ πρὸς ἰατροῦ σοφοῦ” | “θρηνεῖν ἐπῳδὰς πρὸς τομῶντι πήματι. χειροτέχνης ἰατορίας” does not mean definitely, ‘one who uses a skilled hand in healing,’ i.e., a “χειρουργός”, surgeon, as distinguished from a physician; it rather means properly, ‘a practical artist’ (as dist. from an amateur) ‘in healing’; but, at the same time, the “χειρο” in the compound serves to suggest the “τομαί” employed by the surgeon. This is quite Sophoclean. Cp. Thuc.6. 72ἰδιώτας, ὡς εἰπεῖν, χειροτέχναις ἀνταγωνισαμένους”, ‘having been pitted like amateurs, as one might say, against masters of the art’ (where the dat., and not “χειροτέχνας”, is clearly right).

χωρὶς Ζηνὸς=‘with the exception of Zeus’: not, ‘without the help of Zeus’ (schol. “εἰ μὴ Ζεὺς βούλοιτο”).

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide References (3 total)
  • Commentary references from this page (3):
    • Sophocles, Ajax, 581
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1194
    • Thucydides, Histories, 6.72
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: