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Headword: Σπατάλη
Adler number: sigma,911
Translated headword: idleness
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] luxuriousness.[1]
"The mice are dancing now, having taken advantage of your idleness".[2] He is speaking of a mouser, that is, a domestic cat.[3]
Greek Original:
Σπατάλη: ἡ τρυφή. οἱ δὲ μύες νῦν ὀρχοῦνται, τῆς σῆς δραξάμενοι σπατάλης. κάττου φησὶν ἤτοι αἰλούρου κατοικιδίου.
[1] cf. already Hesychius sigma1430 (equivalent entry but using Doric dative singulars).
[2] Greek Anthology 7.206.5-6. For cats in the Suda cf. alphaiota 185.
[3] cf. kappa 1062.
On ancient cats see generally OCD4 under "pets"
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; poetry; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 13 March 2001@00:39:31.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note, bibliography, keyword; cosmetics) on 13 March 2001@03:39:10.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 22 September 2008@01:08:42.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 31 December 2013@06:00:57.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2014@11:48:42.


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