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Headword: Ἄθυρμα
Adler number: alpha,767
Translated headword: plaything
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A children's toy.[1]
Josephus [writes]: "who was a plaything of the king and was exhibited to be teased and laughed at during the drinking sessions".[2]
And elsewhere: "it is not the part of men to linger with playthings of children".[3]
Also in the Epigrams: "they stripped it and hung it up by the road as a plaything for Pan".[4] Meaning as a delight.
Cratinus in Odysseuses: "a novel plaything had been introduced".[5]
Greek Original:
Ἄθυρμα: παίγνιον. Ἰώσηπος. ὃς ἦν τοῦ βασιλέως ἄθυρμα καὶ πρὸς τὰ σκώμματα καὶ τοὺς ἐν τοῖς πότοις γέλωτας ἐπεδείκνυτο. καὶ αὖθις: οὐκ ἔστιν ἀνδρῶν ἀθύρμασιν ἐμφιλοχωρεῖν παιδίων. καὶ ἐν Ἐπιγράμμασι: Πανὶ δέ μιν ξέσσαντες ὁδῷ ἔπι καλὸν ἄθυρμα κάτ- θεσαν. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἄγαλμα. Κρατῖνος Ὀδυσσεῦσι: νεοχμὸν παρῆχθαι ἄθυρμα.
Notes:
The headword is a neuter noun related to alpha 768 and alpha 769.
[1] Same glossing in Photius (Lexicon alpha492 and alpha493 Theodoridis) and elsewhere.
[2] Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 12.212 (web address 1 below) on Tryphon.
[3] Quotation unidentifiable; a proverb?
[4] Greek Anthology 6.37.3 (on an oak bough).
[5] Cratinus fr.145 Kock, now 152 K.-A.
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Keywords: biography; botany; children; comedy; daily life; definition; food; historiography; history; imagery; poetry; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 6 November 2000@00:13:46.
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