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Headword: *filu/rinos *kinhsi/as
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:
*filu/rinos *kinhsi/as: ou(=tos diqurambopoio\s ge/gone. filu/rinos de\ a)nti\ tou= xlwro/s: h( ga\r filu/ra xlwro/n: h)\ kou=fos, w(s a)\n diqu- rambopoio\s eu)telh= kai\ kou=fa poiw=n: kai\ ga\r to\ cu/lon tou=to kou=fon kai\ e)lafro/n. h)=n de\ kai\ xwlo\s kai\ kullo/s.
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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