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Headword: *)egxutri/striai
Adler number: epsilon,191
Translated headword: bone-gathering women
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] those who bring the drink-offerings to the dead. Minos or On Law [uses the word]. They also used to call doing harm "putting into an urn" [kataxutri/sai], as Aristophanes [illustrates].[1] *)egxutri/striai is also what they called those [women] who purify the unclean by pouring over them the blood of a sacrifice, and those who sing the dirges; also the midwives who expose infants in urns.[2]
Greek Original:
*)egxutri/striai: ai( ta\s xoa\s toi=s teteleuthko/sin e)pife/rousai. *mi/nws h)\ *peri\ no/mou. e)/legon de\ kai\ to\ bla/yai kataxutri/sai, w(s *)aristofa/nhs. e)gxutristri/as de\ le/gesqai kai\ o(/sai tou\s e)nagei=s kaqai/rousin ai(=ma e)pixe/ousai i(erei/ou, kai\ ta\s qrhnhtri/as, e)/ti ge mh\n kai\ ta\s mai/as ta\s e)ktiqei/sas e)n xu/trais ta\ bre/fh.
Likewise in Photius (following Pausanias the Atticist and Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon); also cf. scholia on [Plato], Minos 315C (where the accusative case of a variant spelling of the headword appears: e)gxutistri/as), and on Aristophanes, Wasps 289 (where the verb e)gxutriei=s appears).
[1] Aristophanes fr. 793 Kock (833 K.-A.).
[2] cf. eta 637.
Keywords: children; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; medicine; meter and music; philosophy; religion; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 February 2006@01:13:59.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 6 February 2006@03:32:30.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 27 July 2012@07:17:55.
David Whitehead (expanded notes) on 26 August 2013@03:38:06.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 28 February 2015@00:57:05.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 1 March 2015@01:00:09.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 1 March 2015@01:07:32.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 5 December 2015@10:53:19.


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