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Headword: *)ami/da
Adler number: alpha,1590
Translated headword: chamberpot
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] urinal, piss-pot.
Also [sc. attested is the accusative plural] a)mi/das, [meaning] service-implements.[1]
"This is a wise thing and useful for an old man that you have invented, really a remedy for bladder troubles."[2] [So says] Aristophanes [after]: "this chamberpot here, if you need to piss, will be close to you, nearby on the peg."[3]
Greek Original:
*)ami/da: ou)rhtri/da, ou)rhro\n a)ggei=on. kai\ *)ami/das, ta\ u(phre/sia. sofo/n ge touti\ kai\ ge/ronti pro/sforon e)ceu=res a)texnw=s fa/rmakon straggouri/as. *)aristofa/nhs: a)mi\s me\n h)\n ou)rhtia/sh|s, au(thi\+ para\ soi\ h)remh/setai e)ggu\s e)pi\ tou= patta/lou.
For the initial glossing here Adler cites the scholia to Aristophanes, Wasps 807 (quoted below). Nevertheless, the headword itself is in the accusative case and might therefore be quoted from somewhere else -- perhaps Aristophanes, Wasps 935 (a passage quoted in the scholia to Aeschines 3.14).
cf. alpha 4471 and omicron 946.
[1] (For the gloss cf. upsilon 431.) Again, quoted from somewhere -- probably Demosthenes (54.4), which the comparable entry in Photius (Lexicon alpha1198 Theodoridis) goes on to cite.
[2] Aristophanes, Wasps 809-810 (web address 1).
[3] Aristophanes, Wasps 807-808 (web address 1).
J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 191 and index s.v.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; medicine; rhetoric
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 30 July 2000@12:47:10.
Vetted by:
Debra Hamel (cosmetics) on 7 October 2000@22:32:52.
Debra Hamel (added note; altered translation) on 8 October 2000@23:00:23.
David Whitehead (modified translation; added bibliography) on 19 March 2001@10:30:31.
Catharine Roth (Adjusted link.) on 20 March 2001@00:59:25.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added italics) on 28 September 2005@21:01:58.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 29 September 2010@06:03:30.
David Whitehead (tweaked notes) on 15 February 2012@04:52:53.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 16 February 2012@23:51:06.
David Whitehead on 20 August 2013@10:03:56.
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