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Headword: *koisu/ra
Adler number: kappa,2568
Translated headword: Koisyra, Coesyra
Vetting Status: high
A woman in Athens [who was] noble and wealthy, Megakles' mother. "[Koisyra's son] and Lamachos". Alkmaion's wife. She was criticized for stupidity.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the related verb] koisurou=tai ["plays Koisyra"], [meaning] adorns one's self or adopts the manners of Koisyra.[2]
Greek Original:
*koisu/ra: gunh\ *)aqh/nhsin eu)genh\s kai\ plousi/a, mh/thr *megakle/ous. kai\ *la/maxos. *)alkmai/wnos gameth=s. h(/tis e)pi\ blakei/a| diabebo/hto. kai\ *koisurou=tai, kosmei=tai h)\ ta\ th=s *koisu/ras fronei=.
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Acharnians 614, where the quoted phrase -- here acephalous -- occurs (web address 1), in reference to two individuals. "Koisyra's son" is Megakles the Alkmaionid. For Lamachos see lambda 81. On Koisyra herself see the note at epsilon 87. She is also mentioned in Clouds 800 (web address 2) and scholia thereto; cf. epsilon 3670.
[2] Such a verb (as opposed to its compound: epsilon 87) is attested only in lexica and scholia. (It was overlooked in LSJ until picked up in the Supplement.)
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Translated by: William Hutton on 28 April 2008@04:18:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another x-ref; another keyword; cosmetics) on 28 April 2008@04:25:48.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 25 July 2012@04:16:12.
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