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Headword: *(eka/thn
Adler number: epsilon,363
Translated headword: Hekate, Hecate
Vetting Status: high
"From her one may learn whether it is better to be rich or to go hungry. For she says that those who have and who are wealthy should send her a dinner each month, but that the poor among mankind should snatch it before they put it down."[1] For it was customary for the rich to offer loaves and other things to Hekate each month, and for the poor to take from them.[2]
Greek Original:
*(eka/thn: a)po\ tau/ths e)/sti maqei=n ei)/te to\ ploutei=n ei)/te to\ peinh=n e)sti be/ltion: fhsi\ ga\r au(/th tou\s me\n e)/xontas kai\ ploutou=ntas dei=pnon kata\ mh=n' a)pope/mpein, tou\s de\ pe/nhtas tw=n a)nqrw/pwn a(rpa/zein pri\n kataqei=nai. e)/qos ga\r h)=n a)/rtous kai\ a)/lla tina\ kata\ mh=na tiqe/nai th=| *(eka/th| tou\s plousi/ous, lamba/nein e)c au)tw=n tou\s pe/nhtas.
For Hekate see also epsilon 361, epsilon 364, epsilon 365. The present headword, in the accusative case, is evidently quoted from somewhere. It does not occur as such in the Aristophanes passage given (see next note), although the genitive form of the name, *(eka/ths, does.
[1] An approximation of of Aristophanes, Ploutos (Wealth) 594-7 (web address 1), the scholia to which are the source for the rest of the entry. After the first sentence the quotation is verbatim. See also pi 1795.
[2] On these food-offerings see LSJ s.v. *(eka/th, II, and Albert Henrichs in OCD(4) s.v. Hecate.
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Keywords: chronology; comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; food; law; poetry; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 7 February 2007@08:31:19.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 7 February 2007@08:44:13.
William Hutton (augmented note) on 7 February 2007@09:05:14.
David Whitehead (another x-ref; tweaking) on 31 July 2012@08:19:29.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 August 2014@07:37:55.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 8 December 2015@03:03:24.
Catharine Roth (tweaked betacode) on 3 December 2016@11:59:29.


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