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Headword: Philurinos Kinêsias
Adler number: phi,459
Translated headword: limewood Kinesias
Vetting Status: high
This man was a dithyrambic poet. "Lime-wood" means green -- for the lime-tree [is] green; or light, as if to suggest that a dithyrambic poet creates worthless, light things; [1] and indeed this wood [is] light and delicate. But [Kinesias] was also lame and club-footed.
Greek Original:
Philurinos Kinêsias: houtos dithurambopoios gegone. philurinos de anti tou chlôros: hê gar philura chlôron: ê kouphos, hôs an dithu- rambopoios eutelê kai koupha poiôn: kai gar to xulon touto kouphon kai elaphron. ên de kai chôlos kai kullos.
For Kinesias see kappa 1639, delta 1029 (cf. alpha 2657, alpha 2862, delta 1178, kappa 822, lambda 272, tau 693, phi 397, phi 458). The present headword-phrase comes from Aristophanes, Birds 1378, and the entry draws on the scholia there. Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 12.551D [12.76 Kaibel], proffers a theory of (apparently) his own: that the emaciated K. wore a lime-wood corset. Dunbar 667 reviews these and other explanations of the word; she also discusses the explanations that K. was lame and club-footed.
[1] The unfavourable interpretation here may reflect Platonist prejudices. See Plato, Gorgias 501E-502A (web address 1).
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Lawler, L.B. "'Limewood' Cinesias and the dithyrambic dance," TAPhA 81 (1950) 78-88
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; botany; comedy; imagery; medicine; philosophy; poetry
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 July 2001@10:49:50.
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Robert Dyer (Added to notes and added bibliography item.) on 19 November 2001@04:45:13.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 17 September 2002@09:55:23.
Tony Natoli (Added note, web address and keyword.) on 11 June 2004@23:24:19.
David Whitehead on 12 December 2013@05:21:29.
Catharine Roth (coding, upgraded link) on 30 December 2014@23:52:18.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 12 April 2015@12:29:40.
David Whitehead (expanded a ref) on 13 April 2015@02:44:49.
Catharine Roth (tweaked cross-reference) on 28 February 2023@17:55:22.


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