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Headword: *ludia/zwn
Adler number: lambda,784
Translated headword: Lydianizing, playing the Lydian
Vetting Status: high
[The] Lydians of Magnes the comic poet[1] were (?)revised.[2]
The [syllable] ly- [is] long.
In the Epigrams: "there is a dispute on twin continents, as to whether [Alkman is] a Lydian or a Spartan. Minstrels have many mothers".[3]
Greek Original:
*ludia/zwn: *ludoi\ *ma/gnhtos tou= kwmikou= dieskeua/sqhsan. to\ de\ lu makro/n. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: kei=tai d' h)pei/rois didu/mois e)/ris, ei)/q' o(/ge *ludo/s, ei)/te *la/kwn. pollai\ mhte/res u(mnopo/lwn.
The unglossed headword, a present participle in the masculine nominative singular, is given as ludia/zwn here and in Photius lambda438 Theodoridis, but in Aristophanes -- see below -- and Hesychius lambda1352 it is ludi/zwn; cf. lambda 785.
[1] For Magnes see generally mu 20, where his play Lydians is mentioned. The present allusion to it derives from ancient comment on a passage partially quoted there, Aristophanes, Knights 522-523 (web address 1), which has a string of present participles (one referring to, and characterising, each of Magnes' plays) which includes ludi/zwn.
[2] The verb here -- plural because of the play's plural title -- is uncertain. Some Suda manuscripts (GVM) give it as dieskeda/sqhsan, "were dispersed/scattered/rejected", and that might be right as a reflection of what Aristophanes' chorus says about Magnes having been 'driven off the stage' when elderly. But more probably dieskeua/sqhsan, printed by Adler and also in Photius (above), is correct, since it seems to be clarified by Hesychius (above): there Aristophanes' reference to "Lydianizing" is explained as "dancing; on account of the Lydians [sc. of Magnes], which are preserved but have been revised"; sw|/zontai me/n, diaskeuasme/noi de/ ei)sin. For diaskeua/zw in this sense see LSJ s.v., IV.1.
[3] Greek Anthology 7.18.5-6 (Antipater of Thessalonica). For Alkman see alpha 1289.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; imagery; poetry; stagecraft; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 26 June 2009@08:09:00.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 26 June 2009@15:00:51.
William Hutton (modified note, tweaked tr., added link, raised status) on 26 June 2009@15:06:46.
David Whitehead (recast and augmented n.2; tweaks) on 28 June 2009@04:11:05.
David Whitehead on 23 April 2013@03:25:25.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 24 April 2013@00:25:32.
Catharine Roth (tweaked reference) on 23 June 2020@17:47:46.


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