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Headword: Nausôn Naukratê
Adler number: nu,77
Translated headword: Nauson Naukrates, Nauson Naucrates
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those making similar exchanges with each other. The [name] Nauson [is] onomatopoeia, just like 'skeins of good things' and 'men more leukos than Leukon'.[1]
The style [is] epistolary; just as if one were to say 'Pompaios [sc. writes] to Pompilos'; or 'Pompaios addresses Pompilos'. And the form is alliterative.[2]
Greek Original:
Nausôn Naukratê: epi tôn homoiôs apodidontôn allêlois. onomatopoiêsis de to Nausôn, hôs to, agathôn agathides kai leukoteroi Leukônos. epistolimaios ho charaktêr: hôs kai ei tis eipoi Pompaios Pompilôi: ê Pompaios Pompilon prosphônei. kai esti to schêma parêchêtikon.
Very similar entry (to the first paragraph here) in Appendix Proverbiorum 4.1, where the phrase itself takes the same form: two personal names, the second in the accusative, and thus an implicit verb linking them. But Hesychius nu52 s.v. Nauson introduces complications, not only by crediting the onomatopoeia to Cratinus (fr. 349 Kock, now 512 K.-A.) but also and especially by raising doubt as to whether a second personal name is involved. Latte's edition proffers instead (and without comment) a verbal supplement, naukratei= ('Sea-man rules the sea').
For the name Nauson, used of a fictional person, see also Aristophanes, Knights 1309 (web address 1: a passage also attributed, by some, to Eupolis).
[1] cf. alpha 123 for the first of these; the second is otherwise unattested.
[2] From the margin of ms M.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; proverbs; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 11 August 2009@05:52:35.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked reference, added link, set status) on 12 August 2009@22:09:41.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1) on 13 August 2009@03:39:25.
David Whitehead on 5 June 2013@04:23:55.
David Whitehead on 3 January 2015@03:49:23.
David Whitehead on 19 May 2016@03:24:53.


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