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Headword: Θυννοσκοπῶν
Adler number: theta,584
Translated headword: tunny-watching, tuna-watching
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes [sc. uses the word]. Since the tunny-watchers stand on a high spot and keep watch for the tunnies as they enter the nets.[1]
And elsewhere: "a man who is unable to tell the name of his grandfather, nor does he say [that] of his father except [as a guess], having leapt from the tunny-watch into the leader's chariot."[2]
Greek Original:
Θυννοσκοπῶν: Ἀριστοφάνης. ἐπεὶ οἱ θυννοσκόποι ἐφ' ὕψους ἱστάμενοι τὴν κατασκοπὴν τῶν εἰσιόντων θύννων εἰς τὰ δίκτυα ποιοῦνται. καὶ αὖθις: ἄνθρωπος οὐκ ἔχων εἰπεῖν ὄνομα πάππου, ἀλλ' οὐδὲ πατρός φασι πλὴν ὅσον, ἀπὸ θυννοσκοπείου ἐπὶ τὴν ἡγεμονικὴν ἀπήνην ἁλάμενος.
See also the previous entry, theta 583 (θυννοσκόπος ) for similar and related material. More information on tunny-watching is misplaced under theta 462: Thrasymachos.
[1] From a scholion to Aristophanes, Knights 313 (web address 1): Kleon (kappa 1731) is said to watch for incoming imperial tribute as if tunny-watching.
[2] This quotation from Synesius, Letter 57 (197d), has been given in a less lacunose form as alpha 2534. It is included here as a marginal gloss.
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Translated by: William Hutton on 15 June 2001@15:08:42.
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