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Headword: Kleisthenên horô
Adler number: kappa,1756
Translated headword: I see Kleisthenes, I see Clisthenes
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes [sc. says this]. This man would always shave. So [the phrase] is said about those who always shave. He was [the son] of Sibyrtios; and he did this to look young always.[1] Straton used to do the same.[2] "O hot-tempered shaven arsehole! You come to us, you ape, as a eunuch, yet with such a beard rigged up? And who might this one be? Isn't it Straton?"[3]
Greek Original:
Kleisthenên horô: Aristophanês. houtos aei exurato. legetai oun epi tôn aei xurômenôn. ên de Siburtiou: kai touto epratte dia to neos phainesthai aei. touto epratte kai Stratôn. ô thermoboulon prôkton exurêmene, toionde dê, pithêke, ton pôgôn' echôn eunouchos hêmin êlthes eskeuasmenos; hodi de tis pot' estin; ou dêpou Stratôn;
For this Kleisthenes (not the constitutional reformer) see in full under kappa 1757.
[1] Based on the scholia to Aristophanes, Acharnians 118, though only the Suda seeks to elevate it to a proverbial saying. The headword phrase is extrapolated by the Suda from the passage in Aristophanes (see below).
[2] As noted in sigma 1186, with reference to the following passage.
[3] Aristophanes, Acharnians 119-122. (Material copied to sigma 1186.) The preceding verses are "And out of these eunuchs, I know who this other one is: Kleisthenes, son of Sibyrtios". The invective is presumed to be adapted from Archilochus fr.187 West "with such an arse (pugh/n)", substituted with "chin = beard" (pw/gwn').
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 30 November 2008@23:56:46.
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David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 December 2008@03:38:55.
David Whitehead on 1 March 2013@05:27:19.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 10 February 2014@05:15:57.


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