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Headword: Askêtos
Adler number: alpha,4172
Translated headword: tricked-out
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning one who/which is] adorned with care.
"Wearing a woman's chiton [and] tricked-out with well-wreathed ivy clusters."[1]
Greek Original:
Askêtos: met' epimeleias kekosmêmenos. thêluchitôn askêtos eüspeiroisi korumbois.
The headword is presumably extracted from the epigram quoted.
[1] Greek Anthology 6.219.3 (attributed to Antipater of Sidon), a Gallus takes shelter in what turns out to be a lion's den, encounters the animal, but drives it away by beating his tambour; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 33); (vol. II, 84-86); and further extracts from this protracted epigram at alpha 1510, alpha 1828, epsilon 747, zeta 19, kappa 2544, lambda 869, sigma 299, and sigma 1723. The Galli (cf. gamma 41, gamma 42) were eunuch priests in the cult of the Phrygian goddess Kybele (Cybele, kappa 2586). In what might well constitute an exaggerated and derogatory depiction by Hellenistic poets (see Roller, 229-231), they are described as adopting women's dress after their emasculation ceremony; cf. Gow and Page (vol. II, 85).
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)
L.E. Roller, In Search of God the Mother: The Cult of Anatolian Cybele, (Berkeley 1999)
Keywords: botany; clothing; definition; gender and sexuality; meter and music; poetry; religion; women; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 20 March 2002@20:51:30.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 10 April 2002@09:57:28.
David Whitehead on 24 April 2012@09:41:06.
David Whitehead on 1 September 2015@08:43:54.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keywords) on 1 August 2021@13:07:09.
Ronald Allen (typo n.1) on 1 August 2021@18:07:46.


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