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Headword: Κέρκωπες
Adler number: kappa,1406
Translated headword: Kerkopes, Cercopes, Tailed-men
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] criminals, sneaks, deceivers, flatterers; [the kind of men] who, as the fox deceives hunting dogs, cheat the less sophisticated with their "tail" [κέρκος ] of words.[1]
They say that the Kerkopes became "liars, tricksters, permitting inescapable acts, utter deceivers; they used to go about over much of the earth deceiving men, roaming all their days".[2]
Greek Original:
Κέρκωπες: πανοῦργοι, δόλιοι, ἀπατεῶνες, κόλακες: οἵ, καθάπερ ἡ ἀλώπηξ τοὺς θηρατικοὺς κύνας ἀπατᾷ, τοὺς ἁπλουστέρους φενακίζουσι τῇ κέρκῳ τῶν λόγων. φασὶ τοὺς Κέρκωπας γενέσθαι, ψεύστας, ἠπεροπῆας, ἀμήχανά τ' ἔργ' ἐάσαντας, ἐξαπατητῆρας: πολλὴν δ' ἐπὶ γαῖαν ἰόντες ἀνθρώπους ἀπάτασκον, ἀλώμενοι ἤματα πάντα.
[1] Pausanias the Atticist kappa26, and similarly elsewhere (see the references at Photius, Lexicon kappa606 Theodoridis). For this nominative plural headword see already kappa 1405.
[2] A fragment of hexameter poetry (Kinkel EGF p. 70) attributed to the Homeric Cercopes by T.W. Allen in his OCT edition of Homer (V, p. 160). H. Erbse, in his edition of Pausanias, marks the puzzling phrase ἔργ' ἐάσαντας "permitting ... acts" as corrupt. (Adler notes Bernhardy's emendation to ἐργασιῶντας .)
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; imagery; law; meter and music; mythology; poetry; rhetoric; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 11 April 2008@01:31:53.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (tweaked hw. and tr., augmented notes, added keywords, raised status) on 11 April 2008@03:21:33.
William Hutton (fixed my own typo) on 11 April 2008@03:22:58.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 11 April 2008@03:52:30.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 19 February 2013@05:07:01.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 2 April 2014@06:28:53.
David Whitehead (coding and other cosmetics) on 1 May 2016@03:42:38.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 6 August 2019@19:20:16.


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