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Headword: *fai/ac
Adler number: phi,152
Translated headword: Phaeax, Phaiax
Vetting Status: high
Rhetor. Aristophanes says: "clever man, that Phaeax; ingenious, the way he escaped death!"[1] [He was] such an eloquent orator that he even escaped death when tried after being caught in the act; he is also satirised for leading young people astray. "He's cohesive and penetrative, productive of original phrases, clear and incisive, and most excellently repressive of the vociferative. So I suppose you're give-the-fingerative to that bletherative lot".[2]
Greek Original:
*fai/ac, r(h/twr. *)aristofa/nhs fhsi/: sofo\s o( *fai/ac, deciw=s t' ou)k a)pe/qane. deino\s r(h/twr ou(/tws, w(s kai\ a)pofugei=n e)k qana/tou e)p' au)tofw/rw| krino/menos: e)kwmw|dei=to de\ w(s parakrou/wn ta\ meira/kia. suneristiko\s ga/r e)sti kai\ perantiko\s kai\ gnwmotupiko\s kai\ safh\s kai\ kroustiko\s katalhptiko/s t' a)/rista tou= qorubhtikou=. ou)/koun katadaktuliko\s su\ tou= lalhtikou=.
C5 BC. See generally RE Phaiax(4); OCD4 Phaeax.
[1] Aristophanes, Knights 1377, followed by material from the scholia there.
[2] Aristophanes, Knights 1378-81 (tr. A.H. Sommerstein). For 'give-the-fingerative' (katadaktulikos) see kappa 516.
J.K. Davies, Athenian Propertied Families 600-300 BC (Oxford 1971) 521-2
Keywords: biography; comedy; gender and sexuality; law; rhetoric
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 26 March 1999@10:41:38.
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David Whitehead (added bibliography and keyword; cosmetics) on 30 March 2001@07:35:09.
David Whitehead (added x-ref and keyword; cosmetics) on 9 June 2003@04:53:41.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 9 August 2011@05:15:41.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 2 August 2014@10:21:23.


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