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Headword: *bwmoloxeu/masi
Adler number: beta,487
Translated headword: with the low buffoonery and rascally tricks of the altar-ambushers.
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] with all sorts of rascally subterfuges.
Greek Original:
*bwmoloxeu/masi: panourgeu/masi.
Headword and gloss are single nouns in the dative plural. Both nouns, discursively translated here, imply actions by those who are willing to stoop to any subterfuge to make a little money. See Hesychius s.v. bwmakeu/masi and the scholia to Aristophanes, Peace 748 (Web address 1). In Aristophanes, Knights 902, probably the genesis of the present entry, Cleon addresses the Demos with the words oi(/oisi/ m' w)= panou=rge bwmoloxeu/masin tara/tteis, translated 'idle trash' at Web address 2.
For altar-ambushers and their altar-wit see also beta 486, beta 488, beta 489, beta 490, chi 296.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; imagery; religion
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 12 February 2002@11:00:36.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 2 September 2002@07:51:33.
Catharine Roth (tweaked links, added keyword) on 24 February 2011@23:10:48.
David Whitehead on 23 September 2015@08:15:24.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 4 March 2016@01:40:59.


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