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Headword: *sku/talon
Adler number: sigma,721
Translated headword: staff
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a club. "I, I'll have you know, had the staff brought out."[1]
Herodotus [writes]: "and they were beating the Persians with their staffs."[2]
That which is a rod thick at one end.[3] Aristophanes [writes]: "I brought out the staff of Lamias."[4] He was a working man who made his living by carrying wood. On account of this when he [sc. Aristophanes][5] brings out the rod he says it is his [sc. Lamias's]; for he is being lampooned as a prison-guard. "That is, of those staves which he farts."[6] Meaning which he carries. Or perhaps he was farting because of the weight.
Greek Original:
*sku/talon: to\ r(o/palon. e)/gwge/ toi to\ sku/talon e)chnegka/mhn. *(hro/dotos: kai\ toi=s skuta/loisin e)/paion tou\s *pe/rsas. o(/ e)sti bakthri/a a)kropaxh/s. *)aristofa/nhs: to\ sku/talon e)ch/negka to\ tou= *lami/ou. h)=n de\ pe/nhs, a)po\ culofori/as zw=n: dio\ kai\ bakthri/an e)cene/gkas au)tou= fhsin ei)=nai: kwmw|dei=tai ga\r w(s desmofu/lac. toute/stin e)kei/nwn tw=n skutalw=n, w(=n pe/rdetai. a)nti\ tou= w(=n fe/rei. h)\ i)/sws u(po\ tou= ba/rous e)pe/rdeto.
[1] Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 76 (web address 1); see further below.
[2] Herodotus 3.137.2.
[3] The same gloss appears in sigma 717.
[4] An approximation of Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 76-77, the first line of which has already been quoted (more accurately) above.
[5] As often in such material, the commentator ascribes to Aristophanes the action of his character, who in this case is a woman.
[6] Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 78 (the continuation of the previous quotation), a line labelled as corrupt in Wilson's OCT.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: biography; botany; comedy; daily life; definition; economics; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; history; medicine; stagecraft; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 7 March 2014@17:01:27.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule, status) on 8 March 2014@00:10:21.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics; raised status) on 9 March 2014@05:32:31.
William Hutton (corrected footnote numbers, tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 March 2014@21:26:33.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule, link) on 11 March 2022@00:37:54.


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