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Headword: Κότυς
Adler number: kappa,2173
Translated headword: Kotys, Cotys
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
This man was the ruler of Thrace[1] for twenty-four years,[2] and at first was preoccupied with luxuries and pleasures; but once success had brought him an increase he was drawn into cruelty and anger. An example of this was when he cut his wife, the mother of his children, down the middle, starting at her genitals.
Greek Original:
Κότυς: οὗτος ἄρξας Θρᾴκης ἔτη κδ#, τὰ μὲν πρῶτα ἐν τρυφαῖς καὶ ἡδυπαθείαις ἦν: αὔξησιν δὲ λαμβανούσης αὐτοῦ τῆς εὐπραγίας εἰς ὠμότητα καὶ ὀργὴν ἐξηνέχθη, ὡς καὶ τὴν γυναῖκα, ἐξ ἧς αὐτῷ ἦν τέκνα, διακόψαι μέσην ἀπὸ τῶν αἰδοίων ἀρξάμενον.
Notes:
From Harpokration s.v., commenting on Demosthenes 23.8, 104, etc.
See also kappa 2172.
[1] Meaning, in this instance, the Odrysian kingdom, centred on the R. Hebrus (present-day Maritsa).
[2] From 383 (when he succeeded his father Seuthes: sigma 270) to 359.
Reference:
Z.H. Archibald in Cambridge Ancient History (2nd ed.) 6.459-65
Keywords: biography; children; chronology; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; history; politics; rhetoric; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 4 September 2001@05:43:30.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added italics; cosmetics; set status) on 23 October 2003@11:03:32.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 24 October 2003@03:22:13.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 11 July 2011@08:40:22.
David Whitehead on 13 March 2013@10:17:12.

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