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Headword: *balbi/s: *balbi=dos
Adler number: beta,69
Translated headword: starting-post; starting-post's
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] low column, the starting-point, and the turn.[1]
"Just like those driving four-horse chariots despatched from some starting-post, once the gate had been opened."[2]
Also[3] [sc. attested is the phrase] "at [the] starting-posts", meaning at the beginnings. It is an expression taken from racers. For the line created under the starting-gate is called a starting-post, because the runners take a stand on it. From the [verb] a(/llomai ["I leap"] [comes the noun] a(lmi/s, [which becomes] a(lbi/s, and by transposition balbi/s. Alernatively, from the [verb] bai/nw ["I go"].
Greek Original:
*balbi/s: *balbi=dos. ba/sis tapeinh\, h( a)fethri/a, kai\ o( kampto/s. w(/sper e)k balbi=do/s tinos oi( ta\ te/qrippa a)fie/ntes, a)napeta- sqei/shs th=s pu/lhs. kai\ *balbi=sin, a)nti\ tou= tai=s a)rxai=s. ei)/rhtai de\ a)po\ tw=n drome/wn. h( ga\r u(po\ th\n u(/splhga ginome/nh grammh\, dia\ to\ e)p' au)th=s bebhke/nai tou\s drome/as, balbi\s kalei=tai. a)po\ tou= a(/llomai a(lmi\s, a(lbi\s, u(perbibasmw=| balbi/s. h)\ a)po\ tou= bai/nw.
Adler prints as twin headwords (following an equivalent, truncated entry in the Ambrosian Lexicon) the nominative and genitive singular of this feminine noun; cf. alpha 3247, alpha 4588.
[1] Same or similar material in other lexica.
[2] Quotation unidentifiable.
[3] The source now becomes Harpokration s.v., commenting on this phrase in Antiphon the sophist (87 F69 D-K); cf. also the scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 1159 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: athletics; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 October 2000@04:37:54.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes; cosmetics) on 1 September 2002@09:24:33.
William Hutton (Modified translation, added link, set status) on 4 July 2003@03:53:53.
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 4 July 2003@04:33:39.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 1 July 2011@08:07:13.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 2 July 2011@23:14:25.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note; cosmetics) on 20 May 2012@09:13:43.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 4 June 2012@01:17:28.
David Whitehead on 15 September 2015@04:32:35.


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