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Headword: Daidalocheir
Adler number: delta,108
Translated headword: Daedalus-handed
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] one who works variegated and unusual things with his hands.[1]
"Dêris the Daedalus-handed dedicated to Pallas [...] an unbending cubit-stick."[2]
And elsewhere Aelian [writes]: "there were lamps made of silver and curiously wrought items of marvellous skill."[3]
And Aristophanes [writes]: "o my golden-wrought darling, child of Cypris!"[4]
Greek Original:
Daidalocheir: ho poikila kai exaisia tais chersin ergazomenos. Dêris ho daidalocheir têi Palladi pêchun akampê antheto. kai authis Ailianos: ên de ta luchnia argurou pepoiêmena kai technês thaumastês daidala. kai Aristophanês: ô chrusodaidalton emon melêma, Kupridos ernos.
The headword is presumably extracted from the quotation given.
[1] cf. generally delta 106, delta 107, delta 109, delta 110.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.204.1-4 (Leonidas of Tarentum), a retiring carpenter dedicates his tools to Athena (here abridged: other tools are listed before the verb), for which the majority of mss read "Thêris" instead of the Suda's "Dêris" (again at delta 491); cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 109), (vol. II, 316), and further excerpts from this epigram at pi 2298 and rho 289. An equivalent entry in ps.-Zonaras aside, the headword is not found elsewhere (ibid.).
[3] Aelian fr. 138 Hercher.
[4] Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 971 (web address 1 below), using a related adjective with a daidal- component; see also theta 520.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge, 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 10 December 2003@16:21:26.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 11 December 2003@05:50:22.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2; cosmetics) on 4 August 2004@07:21:22.
David Whitehead on 4 August 2004@07:25:43.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 15 June 2012@13:00:10.
David Whitehead on 7 October 2015@04:41:28.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added cross-references) on 4 February 2021@16:54:41.


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