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Headword: Πηδάλια
Adler number: pi,1493
Translated headword: steering-oars, rudders
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] tillers, handles.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "I had a rudder handy, which I will use. But the boat will be a Naxian-made 'dung-beetle'."[2]
Greek Original:
Πηδάλια: οἴακες, αὐχένες. Ἀριστοφάνης: ἐπίτηδες εἶχον πηδάλιον, ᾧ χρήσομαι. τὸ δὲ πλοῖον ἔσται ναξιουργὲς κάνθαρος.
Notes:
cf. generally pi 1494
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica (references at Photius pi848 Theodoridis), and cf. the scholia to Aristophanes, Peace 142 (quoted below).
[2] Aristophanes, Peace 142-3 (web address 1). On the Naxian 'dung-beetle' boat, attested elsewhere in comedy (and presumably deriving its nickname from having three pairs of oars), see LSJ s.v. κάνθαρος , III.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; geography; imagery; science and technology; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 3 March 2012@23:58:55.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 4 March 2012@04:32:31.
David Whitehead on 2 October 2013@08:46:04.

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