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Headword: Λάρκος
Adler number: lambda,124
Translated headword: charcoal-scuttle
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] something of wickerwork, basket-like or mat-like, in which coals are carried.[1] "This charcoal-scuttle is my [fellow-]demesman."[2] "Out of fear the scuttle squirted me thoroughly with coal dust just as cuttlefish do ink." For when they are pursued, cuttlefish emit the black that belongs to them, out of a desire to confuse the space around them so that they may be invisible to their pursuers.[3]
So a charcoal-scuttle [is] a container, a basket.[4]
Greek Original:
Λάρκος: πλέγμα τι κοφινῶδες ἢ ψιαθῶδες, ἐν ᾧ φέρονται ἄνθρακες. ὁ λάρκος δημότης ὅδ' ἔστ' ἐμός. ὑπὸ τοῦ δέους δὲ τῆς μαρίλης μοι συχνὴν ὁ λάρκος ἐπετίλησεν ὥσπερ σηπία. ἀντὶ τῆς ἀπὸ τῶν ἀνθράκων σποδιᾶς ἐπαφῆκεν ὁ λάρκος ὑπὸ ἀγωνίας, ὥσπερ σηπία τὸν θολόν. θηρώμεναι γὰρ αἱ σηπίαι ἐναφιᾶσιν ἐκ τοῦ προσόντος αὐταῖς μέλανος, ταράττειν βουλόμεναι τὸν παρ' αὐταῖς τόπον, ἵνα μὴ καταφανεῖς ὦσι τοῖς θηρῶσι. Λάρκος οὖν ὁ φορμός, ὁ κόφινος.
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Acharnians 333, here quoted: see next note. [The corresponding entry in Harpokration s.v. arises in the first instance from Lysias fr. 139 Sauppe, now 192 Carey OCT, but goes on to cite Acharnians.] In the play Dicaeopolis confronts a chorus -- a posse, we might say -- of charcoal burners from the large rural deme of Acharnai, and staves them off by showing that he is holding as hostage a scuttle of charcoal, which he threatens to demolish.
[2] Aristophanes, Acharnians 333 (web address 1).
[3] Aristophanes, Acharnians 350-1.
[4] From the scholia to this passage; cf. epsilon 2095, mu 196.
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Translated by: Oliver Phillips ✝ on 18 April 2009@19:18:06.
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