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Headword: Pareiai opheis
Adler number: pi,585
Translated headword: brown snakes
Vetting Status: high
Certain snakes are called [brown] because of having large cheeks.[1] Hyperides in the [speech] Against Demades says: "politicians are like snakes, for while all snakes are hateful and some of them, the vipers, harm men, the others -- the brown snakes -- eat the vipers themselves." [2]
Greek Original:
Pareiai opheis: onomazontai tines opheis houtôs, para to pareias meizous echein. ho de Huperidês en tôi kata Dêmadou phêsin, einai de tous rhêtoras homoious tois ophesi: tous te gar opheis misêtous men einai pantas: tôn de opheôn autôn tous men echeis tous anthrôpous adikein, tous de pareias autous tous echeis katesthiein.
Abridged from Harpokration s.v., commenting in the first instance on Demosthenes 18.260 (where a version of the headword phrase occurs in the accusative plural).
[1] This punning explanation (which Harpok. cites from Cratinus fr. 225 Kock = 241 Kassel-Austin) only works in the Greek, where the difference between "brown" (parei=ai) and "cheeks" (pareiai/; pi 584) is purely a matter of accent. See also omicron 1002.
[2] Hyperides fr. 80 Jensen.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; rhetoric; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 December 2000@09:14:18.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Cosmetics; set status) on 5 April 2004@15:49:07.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 6 April 2004@04:48:10.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference, keyword) on 27 July 2010@01:05:02.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 14 July 2011@10:55:24.


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