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Headword: *tetrastath/rou
Adler number: tau,406
Translated headword: four-stater, costing four staters
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes [writes]: "that very clever man Euaion [came forward] naked [...] and said some very democratic things: "you see me [too] in need of four-stater protection; nevertheless I will speak [...]: if the fullers provided cloaks for the needy, whenever the sun turns, none of us would ever get pleurisy"."[1] This Euaion was a poor man.
It is a proper name.[2]
"And as to those who have no bed or even bedclothes, let them go, when they have washed, into the tanners' [sc. quarter] to sleep; and if he shuts the door on them, when it is winter, let him pay three goatskins," and "let the barley-dealers provide three measures as dinner".[3]
Greek Original:
*tetrastath/rou: *)aristofa/nhs: *eu)ai/wn o( deciw/tatos, gumno/s. ka)/peit' e)/lece dhmotikwta/tous lo/gous: o(ra=te me/n me deo/menon swthri/as tetrastath/rou: a)ll' o(/mws e)rw=: h)\n pare/xwsi toi=s deome/nois oi( knafei=s xlai/nas, e)peida\n h(/lios traph=|, pleuri=tis a)\n u(mw=n ou)de/n' a)\n la/boi pote/. ou(=tos pe/nhs h)=n o( *eu)ai/wn. e)/sti de\ o)/noma ku/rion. o(/sois de\ kli/nh mh/ e)sti mhde\ strw/mata i)e/nai kaqeudh/sontas e)s tou\s a)pone- nemhme/nous e)s tw=n skulodeyw=n. h)\n d' a)pokli/nh| th=| qu/ra|, xeimw=nos o)/ntos, trei=s sisu/ras o)feile/tw, kai/, tou\s a)lfitamoibou\s trei=s xoi/nikas dei=pnon pare/xein.
[1] Aristophanes, Ekklesiazousai 408-417 (abridged, see web address 1), followed by comment from the scholia to 408; cf. delta 467, kappa 1855, sigma 1009. (Here "naked" means without a cloak, and "when the suns turns" indicates winter.)
[2] From Harpokration s.v. Euaion; not the same man, however - see epsilon 3432.
[3] Aristophanes, Ekklesiazousai 418-425, abridged; cf. alpha 1453, sigma 708.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; clothing; comedy; daily life; definition; economics; food; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 November 2001@03:36:41.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 3 October 2004@01:26:47.
David Whitehead (another keywords) on 30 November 2005@09:45:30.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 19 October 2010@21:48:06.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr) on 20 October 2010@03:00:04.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 14 August 2011@04:59:26.


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