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Headword: *kelainofah/s
Adler number: kappa,1287
Translated headword: black-coloured
Vetting Status: high
Meaning black. Aristophanes in Frogs [writes]: "o black-coloured darkness of night".
Greek Original:
*kelainofah/s: a)nti\ tou= me/laina. *)aristofa/nhs *batra/xois: w)= nukto\s kelainofah\s o)/rfnh.
Aristophanes, Frogs 1331 (web address 1), with scholia.
Aristophanes is here parodying the monodies of Euripides, in the mouth of his character Aeschylus. First he mocks the blatant redundancy of the words; secondly he uses a characteristic of Euripides, adding the suffix -fa/hs to adjectives of colour without adding to the meaning (see Dover ad loc., citing D. Hense in Philologus 60, 1901, 389). See Dover’s analysis (p. 358ff.) of the whole monody.
See also omicron 663.
Aristophanes, Frogs, ed. K.J. Dover (Oxford, 1993)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; meter and music; tragedy
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 10 March 2003@15:06:55.
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David Whitehead (added x-ref; cosmetics) on 11 March 2003@05:16:53.
David Whitehead on 15 February 2013@05:53:54.
Catharine Roth (modified link) on 27 July 2019@22:57:05.


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