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Headword: *ku/rbasis
Adler number: kappa,2742
Translated headword: cap
Vetting Status: high
Some [equate it with the] tiara,[1] which the Persians' kings wear upright, but the generals bent over. Also a kind of headgear, and [a kind of] pilos.
Greek Original:
*ku/rbasis: e)/nioi me\n tia/ra, h(=| oi( me\n basilei=s tw=n *persw=n o)rqh=| e)xrw=nto, oi( de\ strathgoi\ e)pikeklime/nh|. kai\ perikefalai/as ei)=dos, kai\ pi/lou.
Likewise or similarly in other lexica; see the references at Photius kappa1232 Theodoridis. The material comes in part from the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 487 (see already under kappa 2741) and in part from glosses on Herodotus 7.64 (web address 1). See also under kappa 2744 and pi 1602. The word is probably of Persian origin: see bibliography.
[1] The particle me/n in most of the manuscripts suggests a 'some...others...' construction (though ms M omits it).
Bertrand Hemmerdinger, "173 noms communs grecs d'origine iranienne," Byzantinoslavica 32 (1971) 52-55
Christopher Tuplin, "Treacherous Hearts and Upright Tiaras: The Achaemenid King's Head-Dress," Persian Responses: Political and Cultural Interaction with(in) the Achaemenid Empire, ed. C. Tuplin (Swansea 2007) 67-97
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: clothing; comedy; definition; ethics; geography; historiography; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 25 October 2005@09:01:36.
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Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 25 October 2005@20:22:10.
David Whitehead (more x-refs) on 26 October 2005@03:26:10.
Catharine Roth (added bibliography) on 26 February 2009@23:43:54.
David Whitehead on 22 March 2013@07:51:47.
Rustam Shukurov (1) a bibliographic reference added%%2) etymology added) on 24 April 2016@08:08:06.
Rustam Shukurov on 24 April 2016@08:13:31.
Catharine Roth (rearranged notes) on 24 April 2016@22:57:11.
David Whitehead (rearranged bibliography) on 25 April 2016@03:04:01.
David Whitehead on 25 April 2016@10:41:50.


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