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Headword: *eu)a/qlous de/ka
Adler number: epsilon,3367
Translated headword: ten Euathloi, ten Euathlus-es
Vetting Status: high
Euathlus was a scoundrelly orator.[1] Aristophanes in Merchant-Ships [writes]; "we have a certain scoundrel, an archer, a support-speaker, like Euathlus amongst us the young men".[2] He was wide-arsed and garrulous and ignoble. Hence [Aristophanes] calls him an archer, that is an attendant.[3]
Greek Original:
*eu)a/qlous de/ka: *eu)/aqlos r(h/twr h)=n ponhro/s. *)aristofa/nhs *(olka/sin: e)/sti tis ponhro\s h(mi=n toco/ths sunh/goros, w(/sper *eu)/aqlos par' h(mi=n toi=s ne/ois. h)=n de\ kai\ eu)ru/prwktos kai\ la/los kai\ a)gennh/s. dio\ kai\ toco/thn au)to\n kalei=, oi(=on u(phre/thn.
[1] Aristophanes, Acharnians 710 (Thucydides Melesiou in his prime as a wrestler 'would have floored ten Euathlus-es'), with comment from the scholia there.
[2] Aristophanes fr. 411 Kock, now 424 K.-A. A word is missing in the second line; perhaps eu)ru/prwktos.
[3] A body of Scythian archers (one of whom appears as a character in Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae) kept order in the Assembly and elsewhere.
For Euathlus see also Aristophanes, Wasps 592 and MacDowell's note on the line. For 'wide-arsed' see J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 210 #460.
Aristophanes, Wasps, edited with introduction and commentary by Douglas M. MacDowell (Oxford 1971)
Keywords: athletics; biography; comedy; constitution; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; law; military affairs; politics; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 3 December 2002@05:37:19.
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