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Headword: *(rhgi/nous
Adler number: rho,121
Translated headword: Rhegians
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] cowards; for Xenarchus, the son of Sophron the mime-writer, used to satirize the Rhegians as cowards - persuaded [to do this] by Dionysius the tyrant.
And [there is] a proverb: 'more cowardly than a Rhegian', in reference to the excessively cowardly.[1]
Also [sc. attested is another proverb:] 'more cowardly than the peeper'.[2]
Greek Original:
*(rhgi/nous: tou\s deilou/s: *ce/narxos ga/r, o( *sw/fronos tou= mhnogra/fou ui(o/s, e)kwmw/|dei tou\s *(rhgi/nous w(s deilou/s, u(po\ *dionusi/ou tou= tura/nnou peisqei/s. kai\ paroimi/a: *(rhgi/nou deilo/teros, e)pi\ tw=n kaq' u(perbolh\n deilw=n. kai\ *deilo/teros tou= paraku/ptontos.
The first part of this entry is also in Photius (pi86 Theodoridis).
For Rhegion see already rho 120 and again rho 122. For Rhegians as cowards see already under lambda 30; the present headword is in the accusative case, perhaps extracted from there.
[1] Zenobius 5.83, etc. This Xenarchus is not xi 22 = OCD4 Xenarchus(2); he is OCD4 Xenarchus(1). For Sophron see generally sigma 893, sigma 894 [this Suda entry is S. testimonium #2 Kassel-Austin]; for Dionysius, delta 1178.
[2] See already delta 319.
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; history; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 24 April 2003@03:59:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 5 April 2004@22:11:27.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 6 April 2004@05:38:55.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 26 August 2010@04:24:58.
David Whitehead (another note) on 24 August 2011@07:24:05.
David Whitehead on 28 October 2013@06:20:41.
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