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Headword: *paraplh/c
Adler number: pi,415
Translated headword: crazed
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning one who is] mad, out of his wits.[1]
Aristophanes in Plutus [writes]: "but if coming in I run into[2] a crazed man, struck down by prostitutes and dice games." The witless man. [sc. So called] from the intermittent (?drum) beats of lyre playing in harmony. Or the stupid man. For really profligacy is a stupid way of thinking.[3]
And elsewhere: "to have left there like a crazed man."[4]
Greek Original:
*paraplh/c: maino/menos, para/frwn. *)aristofa/nhs *plou/tw|: h)\n d' ei)s paraplh=g' a)/nqrwpon ei)selqw\n tu/xw, po/rnaisi kai\ ku/boisi parabeblhme/nos. o( a)/frwn. a)po\ tw=n krouma/twn tw=n diapeptwko/twn tou= e)narmoni/ou lurismou=. h)\ o( mwro/s. a)lhqw=s ga\r h( a)swti/a peplhgme/nh e)sti\ dia/noia. kai\ au)=qis: paraplh=gi e)oiko/ta e)nqe/nde a)pallagh=nai.
[1] Similarly in other lexica (references at Photius pi282 Theodoridis); and cf. pi 414.
[2] Though the mss do have ei)s here, editors routinely print Junta's emendation to w(s, giving better grammar: 'a man like a crazy'.
[3] Aristophanes, Plutus (Wealth) 242-3, with material from the scholia and commentaries thereto. The reference to intermittent beats seems to imply group music involving a lyre and drums, but might mean simply intermittence in the lyre-playing.
[4] Procopius, Secret History 12.26.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; historiography; imagery; medicine; meter and music; women
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 6 April 2002@17:02:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 12 September 2002@07:10:54.
David Whitehead (x-ref; cosmetics) on 12 May 2011@04:42:10.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaking) on 5 September 2013@05:21:31.
David Whitehead (my typo) on 19 June 2016@08:25:33.


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