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Headword: *ligu/moxqos
Adler number: lambda,505
Translated headword: shrill-distressed
Vetting Status: high
A nightingale is called this because of its distress and the lament that sweetly arises from it towards its child.
Greek Original:
*ligu/moxqos: a)hdw\n ou(/tw le/getai dia\ to\n mo/xqon kai\ to\n qrh=non to\n h(duta/tws e)c au)th=s ei)s to\n pai=da gino/menon.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 1380-1, where the headword is an alternative reading for ligu/fqoggos (see web address 1).
For the myth of the nightingale Philomela and her son Itys, see Ovid, Metamorphoses 6.424-674 (and cf. alpha 651).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; children; comedy; ethics; imagery; mythology; zoology
Translated by: Craig Gibson on 9 April 2009@14:48:15.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (expanded note, added link and keywords, set status) on 10 April 2009@01:07:09.
David Whitehead (x-ref; another keyword; tweaks) on 10 April 2009@04:22:21.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 18 April 2013@08:17:01.


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