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Headword: Psêktra
Adler number: psi,66
Translated headword: curry-comb
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A tool, with which we brush horses.[1]
In the Epigrams: "and a sawn iron-bound brushing of a curry-comb ...[2] And elsewhere: "and a curry-comb for drawing through the hair of horses and the whip for their backs, bold mother of speed."[3] Also, "[he] spurned the curry-comb made of reed."[4]
[Note] that the curry-comb is also called dei=nos.[5]
Greek Original:
Psêktra: ergaleion, di' hou tous hippous knêthomen. en Epigrammasi: kai priston psêktrês knêsma sidêrodeton. kai authis: kai psêktran hippôn erusitricha tên t' epi nôtôn mastiga, rhoizês mêtera tharsaleên. kai, psêktran akitin apeptusen. hoti ho psêktêr kai deinos legetai.
Notes:
[1] cf. Phrynichus 127.17.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.233.6 (Maikios/Maecius/Maccius), the dedication of equestrian equipment to Poseidon by the horseman Stratius; cf. Gow and Page (Garland of Philip, vol. I, 282-283 and vol. II, 314-6) and this epigram's further extracts at gamma 373, kappa 1520, mu 266, and mu 1430.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.246.5-6 (Philodemus or Argentarius), but read r(oi/zou. This epigram, a dedication to Poseidon after a horse race victory (cf. Gow and Page, Garland of Philip, vol. I, (156-157)), is assigned to Argentarius by Gow and Page (Garland of Philip, vol. II (371)) on stylistic grounds. See also further excerpts from this epigram at delta 1245, kappa 1338, kappa 1519, and sigma 1055.
[4] Greek Anthology 6.307.3 (Phanias), on the barber Eugathes who forsakes his trade for philosophy, but comes back to it when faced with starvation; cf. more fully at phi 120; Gow and Page, Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I (163-164) and vol. II (473-475); and further extracts from this epigram at alpha 889 and sigma 1348. Although here the Suda transmits a)/kitin, the Anthologia Palatina scribe designated C (the Corrector) proposed the spelling donakh=tin, while Gow and Page (Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I (164)) transmit donaki=tin.
[5] From delta 345, q.v.
References:
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge, 1968)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge, 1968)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Keywords: athletics; daily life; definition; ethics; food; philosophy; poetry; religion; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 28 December 2005@00:10:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmeticules) on 29 December 2005@03:51:39.
David Whitehead on 6 November 2013@03:45:17.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.4, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keywords) on 12 February 2019@00:18:33.
Catharine Roth (tweaked notes) on 12 February 2019@00:43:57.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.3, added bibliographic entries, added cross-references, added keywords) on 5 August 2019@18:29:34.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added cross-references) on 8 August 2019@22:57:38.

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