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Headword: *mo/qwn
Adler number: mu,1187
Translated headword: bastard, mothon
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] one who is vulgar and dishonorable. Also a kind of dance [which is] disgraceful and fit for slaves, and vulgar.[1]
Greek Original:
*mo/qwn: o( fortiko\s kai\ a)/timos. kai\ ei)=dos ai)sxra=s kai\ douloprepou=s o)rxh/sews, kai\ fortikh=s.
The term is said to refer originally to a child of Helots raised alongside the children of their Spartan overlords (see Herodian, De prosodia catholica 3.1.28 (= Choeroboscus 4.1.274); Etymologicum Magnum 590.15; and under mu 1188), but it became a general term of abuse, as well as the name of a dance (on which cf. alpha 3033, and see LSJ s.v. II). The content of the present entry is drawn largely if not completely from the scholia to Aristophanes, Plutus [Wealth] 279, where the headword occurs. See also scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 697. For similar lexicographical entries: Pollux 4.101, Photius mu499 Theodoridis, Hesychius mu1543.
Besides alpha 3033 and mu 1188, cf. also alpha 2863, mu 1190 sigma 630.
[1] The last two words are lacking, Adler reports, in mss AFV.
Keywords: children; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; geography; meter and music
Translated by: David Whitehead on 24 July 2009@04:55:49.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (augmented notes, added keywords, raised status) on 24 July 2009@10:41:03.
David Whitehead (more x-refs; cosmetics) on 26 July 2009@03:59:59.
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