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Headword: *ptisa/nh
Adler number: pi,3029
Translated headword: groats
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] ground boulted [barley].[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "I put it on a slimming diet [...] of little epics." Not from groats but from manners, men and books.[1]
Greek Original:
*ptisa/nh: h( kekomme/nh kaqara/. *)aristofa/nhs: i)/sxnana e)pulli/ois. ou)k a)po\ ptisa/nhs, a)ll' a)po\ h)qw=n a)ndrw=n kai\ bibli/wn.
[1] cf. Synagoge pi763 and Photius pi1478 Theodoridis, which allow the supplement 'barley' here.
[2] An abridgment of Aristophanes, Frogs 941-2 (Euripides characterizing his reformations of the art of tragedy; see also iota 707), with comments from scholia not on these lines but on the next line (943) in which Euripides says (in the reading followed by the scholia) that he also gave it "porridge of chatterings from books [and] from manners" (most modern editions have this as "porridge of chatterings that I strained off from books", "from manners" (a)p' h)qw=n) probably being an error for the participle "straining off" (a)phqw=n)). The present headword appears only in the scholiast's comments, not in the text of Aristophanes.
Keywords: agriculture; botany; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; food; imagery; medicine; philosophy; poetry; politics; science and technology; trade and manufacture; tragedy
Translated by: William Hutton on 28 September 2013@14:18:19.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (tweaks, cross-reference) on 28 September 2013@14:22:31.
Catharine Roth (set status) on 28 September 2013@15:30:16.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 29 September 2013@04:27:56.
David Whitehead on 22 October 2013@10:20:53.


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