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Headword: *misqofora/
Adler number: mu,1121
Translated headword: service for pay, service for wages
Vetting Status: high
In a special sense the ancients used to call the pay/wage of those on military campaigns 'serving for pay/wages'. Aristophanes [writes]: "[he will realise] what blessings you swindled [him] of by the service for pay." Meaning you deprived [him] of, you defiled. From a metaphor of those clipping the wings of birds.
Greek Original:
*misqofora/: i)di/ws to\n misqo\n tw=n strateuome/nwn oi( palaioi\ misqofora\n e)ka/loun. *)aristofa/nhs: oi(/wn a)gaqw=n au)tw=n th=| misqofora=| pareko/ptou. a)nti\ tou= parh/|rou, e)lumai/nou. a)po\ metafora=s tw=n parakoptome/nwn ta\ ptera\ o)rne/wn.
Aristophanes, Knights 807 (web address 1), with scholion.
cf. mu 1122; also (e.g.) chi 579.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: chronology; comedy; definition; economics; imagery; military affairs; politics; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 29 June 2009@09:38:33.
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Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 29 June 2009@16:34:16.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 30 June 2009@02:58:24.
David Whitehead on 24 May 2013@04:20:35.
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