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Headword: Ἐπεβάτευον
Adler number: epsilon,2021
Translated headword: I was mounting
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] I was having sex with. Herakles says to Dionysos, "Where in the world had you gone off to?"[1] And he says, "I was mounting Kleisthenes." "Mounting" is used for having sex with [someone]; from a metaphor of animals, which have sex by mounting.[2] Kleisthenes gets reviled in comedy for his shamelessness. He was smooth-cheeked and that made him look like a eunuch. They also mock Kleisthenes for feeling unnatural lusts. The word "I was mounting" [is] nasty.
Greek Original:
Ἐπεβάτευον: συνουσίαζον. Ἡρακλῆς φησὶ πρὸς τὸν Διόνυσον: ποῖ γῆς ἀπεδήμεις; ὁ δέ φησιν: ἐπεβάτευον Κλεισθένει. τὸ ἐπιβατεύειν ἐπὶ συνουσίας: ἀπὸ μεταφορᾶς τῶν ζῴων, ἃ ἐπιβαίνοντα συνουσιάζει. ὁ δὲ Κλεισθένης ἐπ' αἰσχρότητι κωμῳδεῖται. ἦν δὲ λεῖος τὸ γένειον καὶ εὐνούχῳ εἰκάζειν αὐτόν. τὸν δὲ Κλεισθένην καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ πασχητιᾶν κωμῳδοῦσι. τὸ δὲ ἐπεβάτευον κακέμφατον.
Aristophanes, Frogs 48 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there. For Kleisthenes cf. kappa 1756, kappa 1757, kappa 1758.
'Mounting' is one appropriate way of translating the verb ἐπιβατεύειν in this context, but note also its connotations (ignored in the present scholion) of serving as a marine on board a warship; cf. J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975)162 #262.
[1] cf. pi 3070.
[2] For a related entry see lambda 226.
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; military affairs; mythology; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 7 November 2002@20:49:03.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 11 November 2002@05:33:35.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 18 October 2005@06:19:00.
David Whitehead on 1 October 2012@07:56:26.
David Whitehead (expanded note; tweaking) on 21 January 2016@05:40:45.
Catharine Roth (added a link) on 20 July 2017@01:01:55.


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