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Headword: Διιτρέφης πυτιναῖα ἔχων πτερά
Adler number: delta,1054
Translated headword: Diitrephes with wicker-flask wings
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
This man was a busybody, who became rich by manufacturing vessels made of twigs and served as a hipparch and a phylarch.[1] Euphronius [says] that the straps hanging on either side of the neck of a wicker-flask are called 'wings'; and that this man used to weave wicker-flasks. But some [say that the term] was used of a poor man because of its being undramatic. As if [Aristophanes] said: with nothing other than wine-jar feet and earthenware knobs. This man [Dieitrephes] was nouveau riche and grasping and wicked. Plato in Festivals [writes]: "and a foreigner, the madman, the Cretan, the scarcely-Athenian";[2] a wicker-flask [is] a woven item. [It was Dieitrephes] who "was elected phylarch, [then] hipparch, then from being a nobody has become important and is now a tawny horse-cock". Meaning has now become a bird of importance, not any old one. Or a councillor; for the cock [is] rather prestigious amongst birds.
Greek Original:
Διιτρέφης πυτιναῖα ἔχων πτερά: οὗτος πολυπράγμων ἐγένετο, ὃς θάλλινα ποιῶν ἀγγεῖα ἐπλούτησε καὶ ἱππάρχησε καὶ ἐφυλάρχησεν. Εὐφρόνιος δὲ τὰ περὶ τῷ τραχήλῳ τῆς πυτίνης κρεμώμενα ἱμαντάρια ἑκατέρωθεν πτερὰ καλεῖσθαι: καὶ ὅτι οὗτος πυτίνας ἔπλεκε. τινὲς δὲ εἰς πένητα εἰρῆσθαι διὰ τὸ ἀνυπόκριτον. ὡς εἰ ἔφη, μηδὲν ἄλλο ἔχων ἀλλ' ἢ πίθου πόδας καὶ χύτρας ὀμφαλούς. οὗτος δὲ ἦν νεόπλουτος καὶ ἅρπαξ καὶ πονηρός. Πλάτων ἐν Ἑορταῖς: καὶ ξένον, τὸν μαινόμενον, τὸν Κρῆτα, τὸν μόγις Ἀττικόν: πυτίνη δέ ἐστι πλέγμα. ὃς ᾑρέθη φύλαρχος, ἵππαρχος, εἶτ' ἐξ οὐδενὸς μεγάλα πράττει κἄστι νῦν ξουθὸς ἱππαλεκτρυών. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἤδη μέγας ὄρνις γέγονε καὶ οὐχ ὁ τυχών. ἢ βουλευτής: ὁ γὰρ ἀλεκτρυὼν ἐν τοῖς ὄρνισιν ἐντιμότερος.
Notes:
Aristophanes, Birds 798-800 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there. For Dieitrephes (sic) see Dunbar's note ad loc.
See also delta 1053.
[1] For these posts see generally iota 522 and esp. phi 829, which (like Aristophanes' words themselves, quoted below) states the correct relationship between them.
[2] Plato Comicus fr. 31 Kock, now 30 K.-A.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; economics; ethics; food; military affairs; science and technology; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 June 2005@08:23:39.
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Catharine Roth (added link and keyword; set status) on 22 June 2005@14:20:35.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 23 June 2005@02:53:17.
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