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Headword: *sku/tinos
Adler number: sigma,722
Translated headword: leather, leathern
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] couch(?)[1] or hide.[2]
Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "and he built little toy 'leather' wagons." That is, he made wagons of hide.[3]
"On the head [the Mossynoikoi wore] leather helmets, in the Paphlagonian style, with a knot of hair in the middle shaped just like a tiara."[4]
Greek Original:
*sku/tinos: koi/th h)\ de/rma. *)aristofa/nhs *nefe/lais: a(maci/das te skuti/nas ei)rga/zeto. toute/sti dermati/nas a(ma/cas e)poi/ei. e)pi\ th=| kefalh=| kra/nh sku/tina, oi(=a/ per *paflagonika/, krw/bulon e)/xonta kata\ me/son e)gguta/tw tiaroeidh=.
[1] It is unclear which of the many senses of koi/th (see LSJ s.v.) is needed here.
[2] Greek de/rma, animal skin, rarely of human skin, but can also be used of tree bark (LSJ). Hence in his translation of Aristophanes, Clouds 880 (see next note), Jeffrey Henderson translates the present headword, sku/tinos, as "balsawood".
[3] Aristophanes, Clouds 880, with scholion. In his commentary on the line K.J. Dover writes "What 'leather carts' are, no one has succeeded in explaining or imagining, unless a cart with leather traces could be so described", and emendation (e.g. to the suki/nas, fig-wood, suggested by S.A. Naber) may be the answer; but see the preceding note.
[4] Xenophon, Anabasis 5.4.13; already at kappa 2488.
Keywords: clothing; comedy; daily life; definition; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Lee Fields on 13 December 2000@17:50:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation and notes; added keywords) on 22 May 2001@07:54:27.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 10 May 2011@04:24:54.
Catharine Roth (deleted link) on 10 October 2013@00:11:02.
David Whitehead (more for notes) on 30 December 2013@04:47:28.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticules) on 13 March 2022@00:48:06.


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