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Headword: *qwpeu/ei
Adler number: theta,433
Translated headword: flatters
Vetting Status: high
[Used] with an accusative. [Meaning he/she/it] deceives.
In the Epigrams [it is written]: "in provoking Cypris [= Aphrodite] you flatter, a tyrannical pain." [1]
And Aristophanes [writes]: "but if, to win you by flattery, someone were to call Athens oily, he would gain all because of [calling it] oily, having attached [to you] the honor of anchovies." [2] Oily anchovies, meaning cheap honor. It is also used in the singular a)fu/h ['small-fry'].
Aristophanes [writes] in Broilers: "enough of small-fry for me: for I am stretched out from eating."[3]
Greek Original:
*qwpeu/ei: ai)tiatikh=|. a)pata=|. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: o(/ti xale/ptwn *ku/prida qwpeu/eis, despotikh\n o)du/nhn. kai\ *)aristofa/nhs: ei) de/ tis u(ma=s u(poqwpeu/sas lipara\s kale/seien *)aqh/nas, eu(/reto pa=n a)\n dia\ ta\s lipara/s, a)fu/wn timh\n peria/yas. lipara\s a)fu/as, a)nti\ tou= eu)telh= timh/n. le/getai de\ kai\ e(nikw=s a)fu/h. *)aristofa/nhs e)n *taghnistai=s: a(/lis a)fu/hs moi: parate/tamai ga\r e)sqi/wn.
The headword, third person singular present indicative active of this verb, is evidently quoted from somewhere (perhaps Plato, Republic 563A).
[1] Greek Anthology 5.263.5-6 (Agathias Scholasticus), a woman worries over possible impediments to her lover's arrival. See another extract from this epigram at mu 1395.
[2] Aristophanes, Acharnians 639-640; cf. alpha 1244, alpha 4660, lambda 575, pi 461.
[3] Aristophanes fr. 506 Kock, now 520 K.-A.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; philosophy; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Ryan Stone on 29 February 2008@14:49:59.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 2 March 2008@04:55:38.
David Whitehead on 4 January 2013@08:06:38.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 28 January 2014@04:44:24.
David Whitehead (corrected and updated a ref) on 25 January 2015@10:20:50.
Catharine Roth (coding, expanded note) on 10 December 2018@22:14:58.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added cross-reference) on 20 August 2023@13:36:44.


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