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Headword: *le/preos
Adler number: lambda,289
Translated headword: Lepreos, Lepreus
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes [writes]: "I abominate Lepreos because of Melanthios." This man had leprosy, but he was also ridiculed in comedy for being soft. In addition he was a criminal, a gourmet, and a gossip. [Aristophanes writes]: "by god, even without seeing it I abominate Lepreos because of Melanthios."
Greek Original:
*le/preos: *)aristofa/nhs: bdelu/ttomai to\n *le/preon a)po\ *melanqi/ou. ou(=tos ei)=xe le/pran, e)kwmw|dei=to de\ kai\ ei)s malaki/an. h)=n de\ kai\ kakopra/gmwn kai\ o)yofa/gos kai\ la/los. nh\ to\n qeo/n, o(\s ou)k i)dw\n bdelu/ttomai to\n *le/preon a)po\ *melanqi/ou.
Aristophanes, Birds 150-1 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there. See already lambda 288.
On this Melanthios -- who was also a tragic poet -- see Dunbar ad loc.
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; ethics; food; geography; medicine; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 July 2001@07:55:51.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added link; added italics; cosmetics; set status) on 1 November 2003@21:40:27.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords) on 2 November 2003@05:38:06.
David Whitehead on 5 April 2013@05:40:26.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 5 April 2013@22:28:13.


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