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Headword: *(epte/ths
Adler number: epsilon,2872
Translated headword: seven-year-old
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] 7 years [of age]. "Though a seven-year-old Archedemos had not grown brothers"[1] - that is, [age-]telling teeth.
Greek Original:
*(epte/ths: z# e)tw=n. e(pte/ths w)\n *)arxe/dhmos ou)k e)/fuse fra/toras. toute/sti fra/stas o)do/ntas.
Note:
[1] Aristophanes, Frogs 418 (web address 1). The scholiasts on it, echoed here, provide only half an explanation. The actual joke, as Dover (below) 248 notes, hinges upon a phrastas/phratoras pun, the latter ("brothers") implying that Archedemos is illegitimate.
Reference:
Aristophanes, Frogs, edited with introduction and commentary by K.J. Dover (Oxford 1993)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: chronology; comedy; daily life; definition; imagery; medicine
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 November 2000@06:33:27.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Cosmetics, raised status) on 17 November 2000@00:52:56.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 4 January 2005@05:34:40.
David Whitehead on 25 October 2012@04:05:06.
David Whitehead (coding) on 5 February 2016@04:52:41.
Catharine Roth (added a link) on 19 November 2017@16:23:34.

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