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Headword: Κέσκος οὐκ ἦν
Adler number: kappa,1426
Translated headword: it was not Keskos
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[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.
Notes:
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 paremoemiographers 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.
Vetted by:
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.
David Whitehead on 19 February 2013@07:02:25.
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