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Headword: *)okri/bas
Adler number: omicron,123
Translated headword: platform, tribune
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] in a special sense the stage [skene] of all speakers.[1] The assembled frameworks upon which they fabricate images, and [sc. also] the underpinnings of wooden theaters. [sc. It would be] better to say the speaking-place, on which stood the tragedians,[2] or [sc. on which] the actors, from high above the ground, used to speak.[3] But some say that this an 'ass', some a 'wild ram', others a 'ladder'.[4]
Greek Original:
*)okri/bas: skhnh\ i)di/ws pa/ntwn tw=n lego/ntwn. ta\ plastika\ ph/gmata, e)f' oi(=s diatupou=si ta\s ei)ko/nas, kai\ ta\ u(perei/smata tw=n culi/nwn qea/trwn. be/ltion fa/nai to\ logei=on, e)f' ou(= i(/stanto oi( tragw|doi\ h)\ oi( u(pokritai\ e)k metew/rou kai\ e)/legon. oi( de\ o)/non fasin ei)=nai, oi( de\ a)/grion krio/n, a)/lloi kli/maka.
The headword, already at omicron 121 (accusative plural) and omicron 122, is a masculine noun in the nominative singular; see LSJ s.v. It is probably generated by Plato, Symposium 194B (web address 1), where it occurs in the accusative singular, o)kri/banta, or from the corresponding scholion (see n. 3 below); cf. Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon 997a23.
[1] The headword is identically glossed in Photius' Lexicon (next note); cf. Timaeus's Platonic Lexicon 997a17. For skene see sigma 569.
[2] To this point the Suda is identical to the entry in Photius' Lexicon (omicron186 Theodoridis), except that the latter reads i(/stantai, they stand, the finite verb thus completing the thought; cf. LSJ s.v. i(/sthmi. [In her critical apparatus Adler notes that mss AFV transmit lo/gion, oracle, and that the Dutch scholar Tiberius Hemsterhuys (1685-1766) emended the text so that e)k metew/rou followed e)/legon: used to speak from high above the ground.]
[3] Evidently paraphrased from the scholia to Plato, Symposium 194B (web address 1); cf. Hesychius omicron488 (adduced by Bernhardy), Etymologicum Magnum 620.55 (Kallierges), and ps.-Zonaras 1438.21-5.
[4] cf. (again) Hesychius s.v.
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Keywords: architecture; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; philosophy; science and technology; stagecraft; trade and manufacture; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 18 November 2009@22:17:18.
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David Whitehead (modifications to tr; another x-ref; more keywords; other tweaks and cosmetics) on 19 November 2009@03:14:34.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 23 June 2013@09:12:24.
Catharine Roth (coding, tweak) on 22 December 2014@23:54:07.


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