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Headword: *ma/sqlhs
Adler number: mu,248
Translated headword: leather
Vetting Status: high
In a special sense [this is] a thong which has been softened and relaxed. So the shifty and uncontrolled man who knows nothing certain or fixed is a masthles there. Or one who is sinewy and needs whipping.[1] From a metaphor of a tanned leather thong. Or [meaning] as vigorous as a leather thong.
Greek Original:
*ma/sqlhs: i)di/ws o( memalagme/nos lw=ros kai\ e)/klutos. ma/sqlhs ou)=n e)ntau=qa o( polugnw/mwn kai\ e)/klutos kai\ mhde\n be/baion mhde\ staqero\n ginw/skwn. h)\ o( i(mantw/dhs kai\ mastigi/as. a)po\ metafora=s tou= memalagme/nou i(ma/ntos. h)\ ou(/tws eu)/tonos, w(s i(ma/s.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Clouds 449, where the headword occurs; cf. gamma 306, mu 249.
[1] For mastigias cf. mu 261, mu 262.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; imagery; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 1 June 2002@00:36:59.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 3 June 2002@04:37:21.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 28 November 2005@10:33:08.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr) on 8 May 2013@07:14:25.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 15 July 2020@01:14:53.


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