Λύπης ἰατρός ἐστιν ὁ χρηστὸς φίλος (Menander) -> A true friend is grief's physician

Jorsay

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I am struggling with the genative "λύπης".  Is this genative of cause?

Because of the sadness a doctor is a useful friend.

Or is it genative of time within which

During sadness, a doctor is a useful friend.

Neither of these seem correct to me.
« Last Edit: 11 Sep, 2009, 02:20:15 by billberg23 »


oberonsghost

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When I get stuck I go back to a literal view of the grammar.

λύπης is simply genitive...."of grief" or "grief's"

I'd suggest something like

A true friend is grief's physician.

« Last Edit: 05 Aug, 2009, 10:08:37 by oberonsghost »
Πουλιὰ τὸ βάρος τῆς καρδιᾶς μας ψυλὰ μηδενίζοντας καὶ πολὺ γαλάζιο ποὺ ἀγαπήσαμε!  (Ἐλύτης)



Jorsay

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Wow! That was embarassing even for someone of my inexperience.  I can't believe I couldn't see that.

Thank you


 

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