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Headword: *gluku\s a)gkw/n
Adler number: gamma,316
Translated headword: sweet elbow
Vetting Status: high
The proverb[1] [functions] not in terms of an opposition,[2] but aims to say "o sweet traits". It is a proverb, as [applied to] someone/something addressed. Thus the comic poet Plato [used it] in the PhaƓn. An old man there is in love with a girl piper [and says]: "o golden hairband! o for my luxuriant ways! o sweet elbow!"[3] As if someone might say, "o sweet arm".
Greek Original:
*gluku\s a)gkw/n: ou) kat' e)nanti/wsin h( paroimi/a, a)lla\ boulo/menos ei)pei=n, w)= gluke/a h)/qh. e)/sti de\ paroimi/a, w(s e)pifwnou/menon. ou(/tws e)xrh/sato *pla/twn o( kwmiko\s e)n tw=| *fa/wni. ge/rwn d' au)tw=| u(po/keitai e)rw=n au)lhtri/dos: w)= xrusou=n a)na/dhma, w)= toi=sin e)moi=s truferoi=si tro/pois, w)= gluku\s a)gkw/n. w(s ei)/ tis le/goi, w)= gluku\s ph=xus.
See already under alpha 249 (end).
[1] Apostolius 5.50. See LSJ s.v. a)gkw/n III, with references (Plato, Phaedrus 257D, etc.) at web address 1.
[2] cf. epsilon 1923, nu 524.
[3] Plato Comicus fr. 178 Kock, now 195 K.-A.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine; meter and music; proverbs; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 7 June 2003@02:00:23.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation) on 7 June 2003@02:09:24.
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes and keywords) on 8 June 2003@05:25:13.
David Whitehead (added note) on 8 June 2003@10:03:26.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 8 June 2003@18:08:08.
Catharine Roth (corrected my spelling) on 8 June 2003@18:10:09.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 8 June 2012@07:00:51.
David Whitehead on 27 December 2014@09:39:29.
David Whitehead on 28 September 2015@06:00:00.


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