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Headword: *pro/polos
Adler number: pi,2571
Translated headword: one who goes in front, attendant
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] female servant/slave, one who attends.[1]
Or a male servant.
Also a female servant, a client.
Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "but cheerfully hand yourself over to our attendants."[2]
But in Herodotus pro/polos [means] temple-servant.[3]
Greek Original:
*pro/polos: dou/lh, propoleu/ousa. h)\ qera/pwn. kai\ qera/paina, pro/sfuc. *)aristofa/nhs *nefe/lais: a)lla\ sauto\n qarrw=n para/dos toi=s h(mete/rois propo/loisi. para\ de\ *(hrodo/tw| *pro/polos, o( newko/ros.
[1] Likewise in other lexica; see the references at Photius pi1291 Theodoridis, where the editor punctuates dou/lh propoleu/ousa as a single phrase. Similarly in Hesychius (pi3640, pi3868) and elsewhere. See also pi 2573, pi 2574, pi 2575.
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 436 (web address 1), with scholion.
[3] From a gloss on Herodotus 2.64 (web address 2); cf. Hesychius (above).
Associated internet addresses:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; historiography; religion; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 11 August 2013@22:52:36.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 13 August 2013@03:30:04.
David Whitehead on 16 October 2013@09:20:45.


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