aleator classicus

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Aristophanes, Knights 1152-1157

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ὦ Δῆμ’, ἐγὼ μέντοι παρεσκευασμένος
τρίπαλαι κάθημαι βουλόμενός σ’ εὐεργετεῖν.

ἐγὼ δὲ δεκάπαλαι γε καὶ δωδεκάπαλαι
καὶ χιλιόπαλαι καὶ προπαλαιπαλαίπαλαι.

ἐγὼ δὲ προσδοκῶν γε τρισμυριόπαλαι
βδελύττομαί σφω καὶ προπαλαιπαλαίπαλαι.

Paphlagon: O Demos, I’ve been sitting here, ready and willing to serve you, for thrice-a-long-time.
Sausage-seller: And I’ve been here for ten-times-a-long-time and twelve-times-a-long-time and a-thousand-times-a-long-time and a long-long-long-time before that.
Demos: And I’ve been waiting and getting sick of you both thrice-ten-thousand-times-a-long-time, and for a long-long-long-time before that.

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September 5, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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