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Headword: *fru/nh e)/xousa lh/kuqon pro\s tai=s gna/qois
Adler number: phi,760
Translated headword: a Phryne with a flask on her jaws
Vetting Status: high
[sc. This refers to] Phryne, a courtesan of old. And 'flask', that is, discolored in the face.
Greek Original:
*fru/nh e)/xousa lh/kuqon pro\s tai=s gna/qois: *fru/nh, palaia\ e(tai/ra. lh/kuqos de/, toute/sti diw|dhkui=a to\ pro/swpon.
The headword phrase comes from Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 1101 (web address 1), and the substance of the entry from the fuller scholia on it.
The name Phryne is also a lower-case noun, meaning 'toad' (phi 768), but neither ancient nor modern commentators agree on the precise significance of the lekythos here; perhaps a cosmetic box (suggesting heavy camouflage of a wrinkled face), but possibly an allusion to funereal oil-flasks (implying that the woman has one foot in the grave). See generally Ussher (below) 225-6.
Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae, edited with introduction and commentary by R.G. Ussher (Oxford 1973, reprinted Bristol and New Rochelle 1986).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; imagery; women; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 1 December 2000@16:38:35.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and notes; added bibliography; cosmetics) on 3 December 2000@06:50:53.
David Whitehead (resorative and other cosmetics) on 3 October 2002@09:41:59.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 29 April 2011@06:54:56.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 18 December 2013@06:18:12.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 24 September 2020@19:45:59.


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