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Headword: *numfi/ou bi/on
Adler number: nu,597
Translated headword: bridegroom's life
Vetting Status: high
A proverb.[1] "You then are living a bridegroom's life." For those [men] getting married used to be garlanded with bergamot-mints and certain [sc. other] plants to mark the days of their weddings.
Greek Original:
*numfi/ou bi/on: paroimi/a. u(mei=s me\n a)/ra zh=te numfi/ou bi/on. oi( ga\r gamou=ntes e)ste/fonto sisu/mbrois kai\ futoi=s tisi pro\s ta\s tw=n ga/mwn h(me/ras.
Aristophanes, Birds 161 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia; cf. sigma 275, sigma 485, upsilon 107.
[1] Not independently attested as such, as Dunbar notes (but NB elsewhere in the Suda Aristophanic quotations are so characterised).
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; comedy; daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality; proverbs; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 December 2003@08:48:49.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 21 December 2003@20:46:30.
David Whitehead (added bibliog) on 13 June 2004@09:25:23.
David Whitehead on 18 June 2013@05:47:38.


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