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Headword: Ἀπομώμοκα
Adler number: alpha,3442
Translated headword: I have sworn off
Vetting Status: high
Meaning I have taken an oath against women.[1] Also [sc. attested is the related participle] ἀπομωμοκότας ["them having sworn off"], [meaning them] having renounced. "And men as lovers parted the thighs of many boys, who have sworn off [sc. surrendering to them], near the end of their youth." Aristophanes in Birds [sc. writes this].[2]
Greek Original:
Ἀπομώμοκα: ἀντὶ τοῦ ὁρκωμοσίαν πρὸς γυναῖκας πεποίηκα. καὶ Ἀπομωμοκότας, ἀποταξαμένους. πολλοὺς δ' ἀπομωμοκότας παῖδας πρὸς τέρμασιν ὥρας διεμήρισαν ἄνδρες ἐρασταί. Ἀριστοφάνης Ὄρνισιν.
[1] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 903 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. generally omicron 595.
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 705-6 (web address 2), here abridged; cf. delta 915, tau 346. On the verb διαμηρίζειν see J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 153.
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; law; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 14 February 2002@16:43:01.
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