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Headword: Agroikos ex asteos
Adler number: alpha,376
Translated headword: a rustic out of town
Vetting Status: high
He did not make this juxtaposition idly. For he is not ashamed to call himself rustic: he insults himself as foolish and rustic in various ways; rather, first of all he is unaware that he is demonstrating his own wealth. For if he were not very rich, his wife would not have chosen him or boasted about the glory of the family and her amusements in town. We are accustomed to think badly of country-dwellers. Then he uses this antithesis that subjects him to his wife: for men always think they are masters of women. He guarantees this by the antithesis: he says he is rustic and his wife is citified. And no wonder that if a man minds his own business and lives moderately, some city girl will come along, take advantage of his rural ways, and make him her slave.
Greek Original:
Agroikos ex asteos: ouk argôs têi parathesei nun echrêsato: ou gar oneidisai boulomenos heauton agroikon kalei: anoêton gar kai agroikon pantapasi diaballein heauton: alla prôton men dia toutou lelêthotôs tên euporian paristêsi tên heautou. ou gar an, ei mê panu ên plousios, epedikasato an autou hê gunê kai têi doxêi auchousa tou genous kai têi en astei diatribêi. adoxein gar eiôthamen epi tois agroikois. epeita de kakeinên therapeuei tên antithesin to hupotetachthai auton têi gunaiki: despozein gar eiôthasin hoi andres tôn gunaikôn. ho de têi antiparathesei kai touto epistôsato, phêsas agroikon auton einai, tên de gunaika politikên. thaumaston gar ouden, ei anthrôpon idiopragmona kai metrion tous tropous dia tên epi tês agroikias diaitan gunaion hupetaxe politikon kai katedoulôsato.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Clouds 47, where the headword phrase occurs: Strepsiades is comparing himself and his city-bred wife.
Keywords: agriculture; comedy; daily life; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; women
Translated by: Anne Mahoney on 27 March 1999@17:28:52.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (added nothing) on 26 May 2000@13:34:35.
Ross Scaife ✝ (testing) on 21 June 2001@11:05:36.
David Whitehead (modified note; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 5 February 2003@10:04:36.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 7 October 2005@06:06:19.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 4 December 2005@08:33:26.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 9 January 2012@04:09:09.


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