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Headword: *ba/talos
Adler number: beta,178
Translated headword: Batalos, Batalus
Vetting Status: high
So Demosthenes was called while he was young, for being effeminate; but when older [he was called] Argas, from a snake of that name.
Greek Original:
*ba/talos: ou(/tws e)klh/qh o( *dhmosqe/nhs ne/os w)\n, w(s gunaikw/dhs: ghra/sas de\ a)rga\s, a)po\ o)/fews ou(/tw kaloume/nou.
Similarly in other lexica. From the scholia to Demosthenes 18.180 (web address 1). The nickname is also referred to at Aeschines 2.99 (web address 2). While there is some evidence that 'Bat(t)alos' means 'stammerer', the present passage (and indeed Aeschines 2.99 itself) seems to demand obscene connotations as well or instead; cf. beta 177. Harpokration, under this entry, cites the comic poet Eupolis for 'batalos' as 'anus'.
For "Argas" see under alpha 3760, and for further reference to Demosthenes' nicknames see delta 454.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality; history; rhetoric; women; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 October 2000@05:36:36.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 2 September 2002@04:51:29.
William Hutton (cosmetics, augmented notes, added links, cross-reference and keywords, set status) on 5 July 2003@08:46:23.
David Whitehead (modified translation; added x-ref and keyword; cosmetics) on 6 July 2003@05:03:52.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaking) on 23 May 2012@07:44:43.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 14 June 2012@00:03:17.
David Whitehead on 18 September 2015@03:21:38.


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