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Headword: *)ocu/bafon
Adler number: omicron,421
Translated headword: vinegar-saucer
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the [kind] containing vinegar.
But a bowl[1] is larger than a vinegar-saucer. Aristophanes in Birds [writes]: "grab hence a vinegar-saucer or a bowl and protect [your eyes]".[2]
[Note] that they say that Diocles the Athenian[3] invented music [made] with saucers, with earthenware pots, which he used to strike with a wooden stick.[4]
Greek Original:
*)ocu/bafon: to\ dexo/menon to\ o)/cos. mei=zon de\ to\ trubli/on tou= o)cuba/fou. *)aristofa/nhs *)/ornisin: o)cu/bafon e)nteuqeni\ pro/sqou labw\n h)\ trubli/on. o(/ti fasi\ *diokle/a to\n *)aqhnai=on eu(rei=n th\n e)n toi=s o)cuba/fois a(rmoni/an, e)n o)straki/nois a)ggei/ois, a(/per e)/krouen e)n culifi/w|.
A word common in comedy; apart from the verse quoted here, see for example Aristophanes fr.75 K.-A. (70 Kock); also Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 11.494B-E [11.87 Kaibel], and Pollux 6.85 and 10.86. In the Suda, see also pi 712.
The headword is briefly glossed in Photius (omicron375 Theodoridis), Hesychius omicron943 and ps.-Zonaras; Hesychius also uses it as a gloss/synonym of a)/lir, ba/fion, ga/bena, e)mbafion, kh/qeia, o)ci/des, paroyi/s and tru/blion.
[1] trublion: tau 1089.
[2] Aristophanes, Birds 361 (web address 1), with scholion.
[3] See delta 1155 and the notes there.
[4] cf. alpha 3977, delta 1155, xi 98.
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Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; food; geography; meter and music; poetry; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 19 May 2007@17:42:20.
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