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Headword: Πέος
Adler number: pi,987
Translated headword: cock, dick, prick
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a cave.[1]
But πέος also [means] the genitals. Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "unless holding his cock in his right [hand]."[2] And elsewhere: "to make the bridegroom's cock stay at home."[3] And elsewhere: "were you reared as a man? Where is your cock?"[4] And elsewhere: "which of the Odomanti has unpetalled his cock?"[5]
Greek Original:
Πέος: τὸ σπήλαιον. καὶ Πέος δὲ τὸ αἰδοῖον. Ἀριστοφάνης Νεφέλαις: πλὴν ἢ τὸ πέος ἔχοντα ἐν τῇ δεξιᾷ. καὶ αὖθις: ὅπως ἂν οἰκουρῇ τὸ πέος τοῦ νυμφίου. καὶ αὖθις: πότερον, ὡς ἀνὴρ τρέφῃ; ποῦ δὲ τὸ πέος; καὶ αὖθις: τίς Ὀδομάντων τὸ πέος ἀποτεθρίακεν.
The headword is 'the vulgar vox propria' (J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse [New Haven 1975] 108) for the penis.
[1] cf. the scholia to Homer, Iliad 4.279. This headword (as Kuster realised) should have been not πέος but σπέος , cavern or grotto (sigma 929).
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 734, with scholion; cf. epsilon 4002.
[3] Aristophanes, Acharnians 1060.
[4] Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazousai 142; cf. lambda 63.
[5] Aristophanes, Acharnians 158; cf. alpha 3586 and omicron 44.
Keywords: comedy; definition; epic; gender and sexuality; geography; imagery; medicine
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 31 October 2002@11:10:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 31 October 2002@11:55:43.
David Whitehead (tweaked headword and tr; added a note; corrected a reference) on 7 February 2008@09:42:57.
David Whitehead on 19 September 2013@07:37:18.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 28 March 2018@18:28:27.


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