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Headword: *)epwmi/s
Adler number: epsilon,2838
Translated headword: shoulder-wrap
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] type of cloak.[1]
"And [their] shoulder-wraps and their pantaloons and the majority of their footwear have been criticized with the name [and] the style of the Huns." Procopius says [this].[2]
For[3] those who receive the mysteries are called mystai, but those [who have done it] in the previous year are called ephoroi ['overseers'] and epoptai ['witnesses']. I therefore, he is saying, "when I curse my master secretly," am so thoroughly pleased that I seem to be witnessing and celebrating the mysteries.[4] But the "[nay] rather I am witnessing", instead of "no rather...", in the way we say "I'm not just pleased; rather, I'm super-pleased!"[5]
Greek Original:
*)epwmi/s: ei)=dos peribolai/ou. e)pwmi/des de\ kai\ a)nacuri/des kai\ tw=n u(podhma/twn ta\ plei=sta e)s tw=n *ou)/nnwn to/ te o)/noma to\n tro/pon a)poke/kritai sfi/si. *proko/pio/s fhsin. oi( me\n ga\r ta\ musth/ria paralamba/nontes mu/stai kalou=ntai, oi( de\ tw=| e(ch=s e)niautw=| e)/foroi kai\ e)po/ptai. e)gw\ ou)=n, fhsi/n, o(/tan la/qra katara/swmai tw=| despo/th|, li/an ou(/tws h(/domai, w(s dokei=n musth/ria e)popteu/ein kai\ e(orta/zein. to\ de/, a)ll' e)popteu/w, a)nti\ tou= ou) a)lla\ e)n oi(/w| tro/pw| le/gomen, ou)x oi(=on h(/domai, a)ll' u(perh/domai.
[1] Likewise in ps.-Zonaras. This is one sense of the headword noted by LSJ s.v. ('II. part of the women's tunic that was fastened on the shoulder by brooches, shoulder-strap'). Note also Hesychius epsilon5583 on the accusative e)pwmi/da (quoted, in Latte's view, from Exodus 25.7 LXX): 'a priest's cloak'. Elsewhere the term is related either literally or figuratively to the root-element 'shoulder'. See also under alpha 2513.
[2] Procopius, Secret History 7.14.
[3] From this point on, the entry seems to be a misplaced fragment of material intended for an entry on e)/foros ['overseer'] or e)po/pths ['witness'] or the like; cf. epsilon 2808.
[4] An approximation of Aristophanes, Frogs 745 (web address 1), drawn from the scholia thereto, which are also the source for the rest of this paragraph. Only the part enclosed by the double inverted commas is verbatim.
[5] This part is garbled and elliptical: the text of Aristophanes, beginning ma)ll' e)popteu/ein dokw= ("Nay, rather I seem to be witnessing...") is the enthusiastic response of Hades' slave to the question "are you happy". The scholion attempts to explain the use of the negative "nay rather..." (ma)ll' = mh\ a)lla/) in an affirmative response. In excerpting this, the Suda drops the "nay" (m') from "nay rather...", obscuring the point of the comment.
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Keywords: clothing; comedy; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; history; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; rhetoric; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 16 January 2007@10:06:45.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (betacode typo, status) on 17 January 2007@00:39:30.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; tweaks and cosmetics) on 17 January 2007@03:34:16.
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William Hutton (cosmetics) on 24 October 2012@07:07:54.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 24 October 2012@10:25:20.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; cosmetics) on 4 February 2016@08:06:55.


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