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Headword: Pente talanth' Chiôn polis dia ton prôkton ophlêsei
Adler number: pi,977
Translated headword: the city of Chios will have to pay five talents because of your arse
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Aristophanes is ridiculing these men as being unwholesomely effete; and with their arses, because of unwholesomeness, being rather wide and ready for defecation.
Greek Original:
Pente talanth' hê Chiôn polis dia ton prôkton ophlêsei: toutous hôs akrasian malakias echontas skôptei Aristophanês: kai dia malakian tôn prôktôn euruterôn ontôn kai hetoimôn pros to apopatein.
Notes:
Aristophanes, Peace 171-2 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there.
Ancient and modern commentators alike struggle to unravel the joke(s) here, and/or any serious intent behind them. In addition to the modern commentaries (Platnauer, Olson, et al.) ad loc., see e.g. Quinn (below) 86 n.15.
For Chios see generally chi 316.
Reference:
T.J. Quinn, Athens and Samos, Chios and Lesbos 478-404 BC (Manchester 1981)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; history; medicine
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 June 2001@05:30:53.
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William Hutton (cosmetics, added link, set status) on 15 December 2003@14:25:03.
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