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Headword: Κέσκος οὐκ ἦν
Adler number: kappa,1426
Translated headword: it was not Keskos
Vetting Status: high
[Keskos is] a city in Cilicia, with a nearby river named Anous. Because of this the comic poets, in jest, say that those who have no sense [nous] do not have Keskos.
Greek Original:
Κέσκος οὐκ ἦν: πόλις ἐν Κιλικίᾳ, καὶ παρ' αὐτὴν ποταμὸς Ἄνους ὄνομα. διόπερ οἱ κωμικοὶ παίζοντες τοὺς νοῦν οὐκ ἔχοντας Κέσκον φασὶν οὐκ ἔχειν.
The headword phrase is attributed to Attic comedy (Adespota fr.807 Kock, 509 K.-A.) but may not be correctly quoted here. Other lexica -- see the references at Photius kappa625 Theodoridis -- simply have Keskos as the headword and seem to speak, as here, of 'not having' (οὐκ ἔχειν ) it, which Erasmus and Meineke wished to emend to οἰκεῖν ('inhabited').
For paroemiographers see e.g. Zenobius 4.51.
A city called Kestos and a river called Anous -- or, in Photius, Nous -- are not otherwise attested for Cilicia (or indeed anywhere else); probably the names are adapted, deliberately or otherwise, from Kestos and the nearby river Selinous (Barrington Atlas Map 66 grid A4).
Keywords: comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 July 2001@05:59:41.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 27 September 2003@00:53:29.
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David Whitehead (augmented note, with material from Nicholas Fincher) on 20 September 2004@08:27:49.
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