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Headword: Διακωδωνίσω
Adler number: delta,600
Translated headword: I will prove by ringing
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Like I will test; Aristophanes [sc. uses this verb].[1] Because some of the birds are tested by the sound of a bell. And they used to test horses in this way with bells, [to see] whether they would be frightened by noises. Or from quails: for the ones that could endure the sound of a bell were suited for battle. But some [say that the expression derives] from cracked vessels, since they test them in this way by knocking on them. And some [say that it derives] from guards. But the [explanation] having to do with horses and vessels is better. They clearly indicated that the other [explanations] were hastily improvised. The rousing of guards by bells [was done] so that they might answer in return.[2]
And Iamblichus [writes]: "since after testing each of the shepherds he was unable to hear and to understand who the children were."[3]
Greek Original:
Διακωδωνίσω: οἷον δοκιμάσω: Ἀριστοφάνης. διότι τινὰ τῶν ὀρνέων δοκιμάζεται τῷ τοῦ κώδωνος ψόφῳ. καὶ τοὺς ἵππους οὕτως ἐδοκίμαζον κώδωσιν, εἰ ψοφοδεεῖς εἶεν. ἢ ἀπὸ τῶν ὀρτύγων: οἱ γὰρ ὑπομένοντες τὸν ἦχον τοῦ κώδωνος ἐπιτηδείως ἔχουσι πρὸς μάχην. τινὲς δὲ ἀπὸ τῶν ἀγγείων τῶν σαθρῶν, ἐπεὶ οὕτως δοκιμάζουσι διακρούοντες. τινὲς δὲ ἀπὸ τῶν φυλάκων. βέλτιον δὲ τὸ ἐπὶ τῶν ἵππων καὶ τῶν ἀγγείων. τὰ δ' ἄλλα ἐσχεδίασται. τὸ δὲ τοὺς φύλακας ἐγρηγορέναι κώδωσι διεσήμαινον, ὅπως ἀντιφθέγγωνται. καὶ Ἰάμβλιχος: ἐπειδὴ διακωδωνίζων ἕκαστον τῶν ποιμένων οὐχ οἷός τε ἦν ἀκοῦσαι καὶ μαθεῖν, οἵτινες ἦσαν οἱ παῖδες.
Notes:
For the headword verb see also delta 598 and delta 599
[1] Incorrect: Aristophanes uses the uncompound κωδωνίσω in Frogs 79 (see next note), cf. 723.
[2] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 79.
[3] Iamblichus, Babyloniaca fr. 91 Habrich.
Keywords: children; comedy; definition; imagery; military affairs; meter and music; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Craig Gibson on 4 July 2003@22:40:58.
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