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Headword: *dhmiourgoi/
Adler number: delta,437
Translated headword: artisans, craftsmen, public workers
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the potters, the tool-makers. They also used to call demiourgoi those we today call bridesmaids, that is the woman standing by the bride. Hence there is [a play called] Demiourgos [attributed] to Menander.[1] In common parlance demiourgoi are those working on public projects, sometimes also the master-builders. Aristophanes in Peace [sc. illustrates this].[2] Also [sc. attested is the related adverb dhmiourgikw=s ["craftsmanly"], meaning builderly. For the builders [are] craftsmen.
[Note] that[3] the ancient craftsmen used to make the eyes [of their statues] closed, but Daedalus opened them, and separated the feet.[4] And Homer [writes]: "he knew how to build all intricate things [daidala] with his hands".[5]
Greek Original:
*dhmiourgoi/: oi( keramei=s, oi( skeuopoioi/. dhmiourgou\s e)ka/loun kai\ ta\s nu=n legome/nas u(ponumfi/das, toute/sti th\n parestw=san th=| nu/mfh| gunai=ka. o(/qen e)sti\ kai\ *mena/ndrw| *dhmiourgo/s. koinw=s de\ e)/legen dhmiourgou\s tou\s ta\ dhmo/sia e)rgazome/nous, pote\ de\ kai\ tou\s a)rxite/ktonas. *)aristofa/nhs e)n *ei)rh/nh|. kai\ dhmiourgikw=s, a)nti\ tou=, tektonikw=s: dhmiourgoi\ ga\r oi( te/ktones. o(/ti oi( palaioi\ dhmiourgoi\ summemuko/tas tou\s o)fqalmou\s e)poi/oun, o( de\ *dai/dalos a)nepe/tasen au)tou\s kai\ tou\s po/das die/sthsen. kai\ *(/omhro/s fhsin: o(\s xersi\n h)pi/stato dai/dala pa/nta teu/xein.
The first part of this entry comes from the scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 650, where the headword occurs in the genitive plural.
[1] See Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 4.172C-D [4.72 Kaibel] (which may or may not exemplify the meaning given here); also 4.172A. For what little survives of this play see Kassel-Austin, PCG VI.2 pp. 98-101.
[2] Aristophanes, Peace 296-7 (where in fact te/ktones and dhmiourgoi/ are simply adjacent items in a paratactical list of those called on to rescue the goddess).
[3] For this material see already delta 110.
[4] This may refer to the idea, common in late antiquity, that Daedalus was the first sculptor to introduce the "walking pose' for the kouros statues; cf. OCD(4) s.v. Daedalus.
[5] Homer, Iliad 5.60-1 (on Phereklos).
OCD(4) 434
Keywords: art history; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; gender and sexuality; mythology; science and technology; trade and manufacture; women
Translated by: Carl Widstrand on 10 January 2000@17:57:03.
Vetted by:
Ross Scaife ✝ (added keyword) on 23 June 2000@13:33:31.
David Whitehead (modified translation and notes; added keywords; cosmetics) on 24 January 2001@06:55:55.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 26 June 2012@05:51:22.
David Whitehead (updated some refs) on 3 August 2014@04:44:27.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 31 December 2014@03:30:19.
David Whitehead (expanded some refs) on 14 January 2015@10:41:26.
David Whitehead on 19 July 2016@03:01:12.


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