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Headword: Κίναιδα
Adler number: kappa,1634
Translated headword: perversions
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
['Perversions';] and [sc. also attested is the related abstract noun] "perversion": [meaning] shamelessness.
[Note] that Chelidon was called the kinaidos of Cleopatra.[1]
Greek Original:
Κίναιδα: καὶ Κιναιδία: ἡ ἀναισχυντία. ὅτι ὁ τῆς Κλεοπάτρας κίναιδος Χελιδὼν ἐκαλεῖτο.
Notes:
For kinaidos - Latin cinaedus - and its cognates see also kappa 1635. It has been termed "etymologically mysterious" (K.J. Dover, Greek Homosexuality [London 1978] 17) and its exact meaning, if any, is still a matter of debate amongst scholars. J. Davidson, Courtesans and Fishcakes (London 1997), argues strongly for relating this and associated terms to sexual appetites of any kind which focus on the anus; N. Fisher (Aeschines, Against Timarchos, translated with introduction and commentary: Oxford 2001) 45ff and passim seeks to re-establish orthodox phallic associations.
[1] From chi 185, end.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 2 December 2000@10:52:30.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; added notes and keywords) on 28 August 2001@11:13:58.
David Whitehead (restorative and other cosmetics) on 9 July 2004@11:54:49.
David Whitehead on 25 February 2013@06:25:22.

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