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Headword: Μελάνθιος
Adler number: mu,457
Translated headword: Melanthios, Melanthius
Vetting Status: high
[Melanthios/Melanthios] and Morsimos/Morsimus: Aristophanes speaks of them as follows: "both gorgons, devourers of dainties, gluttons for skate, harpies, fuckers of old whores, disgusting characters, arm-pits smelling like he-goats, destroyers of fish. After you have spat a big fat gob on them, Muse and goddess, frolic together with me at the feast".[1] 'Gorgons', [meaning] fearsome in their gluttony ; a 'skate' [is] a kind of fish; 'harpies' [meaning] gobblers of fish, for Harpies [are] rapacious divinities; keeping the old women away from the fish so they will not go to market; or those who fuck old women, for σοβάδες are whores;[2] and καταχρεμψαμένη [meaning] having spat.
Greek Original:
Μελάνθιος καὶ Μόρσιμος: λέγει Ἀριστοφάνης περὶ αὐτῶν οὕτως: ἄμφω Γοργόνες ὀψοφάγοι, βατιδοσκόποι, ἅρπυιαι, γραοσόβαι, μιαροί, τραγομάσχαλοι, ἰχθυολῦμαι: ὧν καταχρεμψαμένη μέγα καὶ πλατὺ μοῦσα καὶ θεὰ μετ' ἐμοῦ ξύμπαιζε τὴν ἑορτήν. Γοργόνες, φοβεροὶ ἐς γαστριμαργίαν: βατὶς δὲ εἶδος ἰχθύος: ἅρπυιαι δὲ ἅρπαγες τῶν ἰχθύων: Ἅρπυιαι γὰρ ἁρπακτικοὶ δαίμονες: ἀπὸ τῶν ἰχθύων ἀποσοβοῦντες τὰς γραί̈δας, ὡς μὴ ἀγοράζειν: ἢ γραί̈σι συγκοιμώμενοι: σοβάδες γὰρ αἱ πόρναι: καταχρεμψαμένη δὲ καταπτύσασα.
[1] Aristophanes, Peace 809-817 (web address 1). Comment from the scholia on several of the terms used now follows; cf. beta 182, gamma 392 (end), kappa 873, sigma 754. Melanthios and Morsimos were would-be tragic poets. Morsimos was the great-nephew of Aeschylus (alphaiota 357).
[2] See more explicitly at gamma 448 and esp. sigma 754.
Diehl, 'Morsimos' in RE 16 cols.318-319.
Modrze, 'Melanthios' in RE 16.1 cols.428-429.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; mythology; poetry; tragedy; women; zoology
Translated by: Tony Natoli on 10 January 2003@02:20:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead on 10 January 2003@02:52:23.
David Whitehead (added note) on 25 April 2003@05:22:14.
Catharine Roth (fixed link) on 14 June 2012@00:09:27.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 14 May 2013@07:59:05.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 3 January 2015@00:04:59.


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