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Headword: *)epi/pasta
Adler number: epsilon,2507
Translated headword: sprinklings
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the grits that were sprinkled over the body.[1] For they had a custom of making flatbreads or loaves and sprinkling some savories or salty things over them; and on account of this they were compelled to drink a lot. This is the [term] 'sprinklings'. "After licking the public-auction sprinklings, the bastard snores like the drunk he is face-up in the doorways."[2] It so happens that drunks are particularly likely to have this happen to them, as are those who lie face-up.
Greek Original:
*)epi/pasta: ta\ e)pipasso/mena tw=| sw/mati a)/lfita. e)/qos ga\r ei)=xon poiei=n plakou=ntas h)\ a)/rtous kai\ e)pipa/ssein tina\ karukeu/mata h)\ a(lmura/: kai\ e)k tou/tou h)nagka/zonto pi/nein polla/. tou=to/ e)sti to\ e)pi/pasta. e)pi/pasta lei/cas dhmio/praq' o( ba/skanos, r(e/gxei mequ/wn e)n tai=s qu/rais u(/ptios. sumbai/nei de\ ma/lista tou=to pa/sxein tou\s mequ/ontas, h)\ tou\s u(pti/ous keime/nous.
cf. delta 433.
[1] Scholia to the Aristophanes passage quoted later in the entry differ on whether the substance sprinkled was barley groats (as here) or wheat; also, whether what it was sprinkled on was porridge (e)/tnei) or honey (me/liti) -- but either is preferable to the Suda's sw/mati ('body'). Aelius Dionysius epsilon57, Hesychius epsilon5047, and Etymologicum Magnum 362.53, which are similar to this entry up to this point, prefer 'porridge'; and cf. Pollux 6.61. (Thus there is really no need for K. Zacher's emendation to zwmw=|, noted by Adler.)
[2] Aristophanes, Knights 103 (web address 1), except that in Aristophanes the drunkard goes to sleep on his 'hides' (bu/rsais) instead of in the 'doorways' (qu/rais).
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Keywords: botany; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; food; law; medicine; poetry; politics; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 29 November 2007@17:44:02.
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David Whitehead (x-ref; another keyword; tweaks) on 30 November 2007@03:45:14.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 17 October 2012@07:25:15.
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