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Headword: Τραγήματα
Adler number: tau,888
Translated headword: desserts, sweetmeats
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"And when many were dining together, he would sometimes serve for desserts three or four nuts, and (if it was a good day), five or six dried figs. And if we spoke up in a very polite manner and asked for more, he might perhaps add two or three with a very serious expression, not suspecting [the cause of] the young men's laughter."[1]
Apollodoros son of Asklepiades, the grammarian, was the first to begin what are called "tragic iambs."[2]
Greek Original:
Τραγήματα. καὶ παρατιθέναι τῶν τραγημάτων πολλοῖς ἅμα συνεστιωμένοις: ἐνίοτε καρύων μὲν τρία ἢ τέτταρα, τῶν δὲ ἰσχάδων, ἂν οὕτω τύχοι, ε# ἢ #2#. εἰ δὲ παρρησιασθέντες ἡμεῖς χαρίεσσάν τινα παρρησίαν ᾐτήσαμεν ἔτι πλείους, προσέθηκεν ἂν ἴσως δύο ἢ τρία, μάλα σεμνῷ προσώπῳ καὶ οὐδὲν ὑφορώμενος τὸν τῶν νεωτέρων γέλωτα. ὅτι τῶν λεγομένων Τραγιάμβων πρῶτος ἦρξεν Ἀπολλόδωρος, Ἀσκληπιάδου, ὁ γραμματικός.
Notes:
cf. tau 1075 (and epsilon 2750).
[1] Damascius Life of Isidore fr. 24 Asmus, 51 Zintzen, 26C Athanassiadi; cf. sigma 738, upsilon 739. According to Athanassiadi, common meals were part of the duty of a Platonist teacher.
[2] From alpha 3407. (Substantively unconnected with the rest of the entry.)
Keywords: biography; daily life; ethics; food; philosophy; poetry
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 17 May 2003@19:03:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 18 May 2003@06:29:21.
David Whitehead (another x-ref; tweaks) on 22 May 2011@05:52:44.
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