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Headword: *)alabastoqh/kas
Adler number: alpha,1050
Translated headword: perfume-bottle boxes, scent-bottle boxes
Vetting Status: high
Demosthenes calls boxes of scent-bottles [this].[1] In common parlance they call them murothekai ["unguent-boxes"]. Alabastoi are flasks of which one cannot take hold because of [their] smoothness.[2]
Aristophanes [writes]: "into the scent-bottle one ladle of peace". As if he was saying one spoonful.[3]
Greek Original:
*)alabastoqh/kas: ta\s qh/kas tw=n a)laba/stwn *dhmosqe/nhs le/gei. e)n th=| sunhqei/a| muroqh/kas kalou=sin. a)la/bastoi de/ ei)si lh/kuqoi, w(=n ou)k e)/sti labe/sqai dia\ leio/thta. *)aristofa/nhs: e)s to\n a)la/baston ku/aqon ei)rh/nhs e(/na. w(sei\ e)/lege koxlia/rion e(/n.
The first part of this entry comes from Harpokration s.v., but Photius and the Suda convert his nominative plural headword into an accusative plural.
[1] Demosthenes 19.237 (web address 1).
[2] See alpha 1051.
[3] Aristophanes, Acharnians 1053 (web address 2), with scholion. The "ladle" (kuathos, kappa 2574) was a standard Attic measure.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: art history; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; rhetoric; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 3 July 2000@18:19:41.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword; cosmetics) on 1 October 2000@09:49:22.
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 6 June 2002@09:05:45.
Catharine Roth (adjusted links) on 9 August 2007@15:08:01.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note; x-ref; more keywords; tweaks) on 2 February 2012@05:38:00.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 2 February 2012@18:26:22.
Catharine Roth (tweaked links) on 20 October 2013@19:38:21.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 24 May 2015@10:59:08.


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