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Headword: *ski/mpous
Adler number: sigma,607
Translated headword: pallet
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] bed; or cot.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the genitive] ski/mpodos.[2] What Aristophanes in Clouds calls a "holy pallet"[3] [is] either the seat of the philosophers or their bed. They say that a skimpo/dion ['little pallet'] is a non-standard term for 'lame-bed'; because being lame is called skimba/zein among the ancients. Or the one having crooked feet.[4]
Greek Original:
*ski/mpous: kra/bbatos: h)\ ska/mnos. kai\ *ski/mpodos. i(ero\n ski/mpoda/ fhsin *)aristofa/nhs e)n *nefe/lais h)\ th\n tw=n filoso/fwn kaqe/dran h)\ to\n kra/bbaton. fasi\ de\ skimpo/dion i)di/ws le/gesqai to\ xwlokra/bbaton: skimba/zein ga\r to\ xwlai/nein para\ toi=s palaioi=s. h)\ to\n skambou\s e)/xonta po/das.
The bulk of the entry finds parallels in the scholia to the Aristophanes passage quoted (n. 3 below).
[1] = Synagoge sigma122, Photius sigma331 Theodoridis. Hesychius sigma997 has the 'bed' gloss only.
[2] Evidently quoted from somewhere; in the light of what follows, surely (as Adler has it) Aristophanes, Clouds 709.
[3] Aristophanes, Clouds 254.
[4] The last sentence, somewhat enigmatic in the Suda, is expressed more clearly in the scholia to Aristophanes as an etymology for the word skimba/zein ('limp') in the words crooked (skambou/s) and feet (po/das).
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; medicine; philosophy; poetry; religion; science and technology
Translated by: William Hutton on 21 February 2014@22:52:08.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 21 February 2014@23:33:29.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaks and cosmetics; raised status) on 23 February 2014@05:23:23.
David Whitehead on 23 February 2014@05:24:34.
William Hutton (harmonized note numbers) on 23 February 2014@09:54:02.


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