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Core Vocab: ainos, ainigma

This time our Core Vocab exploration, taken from terms listed in H24H and tracked in the associated Sourcebook, is about ainos [αἶνος] ‘authoritative utterance for and by a social group; praise; fable’; and the related word ainigma [αἴνιγμα] ‘riddle’. Gregory Nagy provides this working definition: "an ainos is a performance of ambivalent wording that becomes clarified once it is correctly understood and then applied in moments of making moral decisions… Read more