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Headword: Ὑπαποτρέχειν
Adler number: upsilon,131
Translated headword: to slip away
Vetting Status: high
"Those not present at the Pnyx at daybreak [sc. were obliged] to slip away without having even a peg". Meaning to go away/out, without having even small change; for those coming late into the Pnyx could not take the assembly-fee.
Greek Original:
Ὑπαποτρέχειν: τοῖς μὴ παροῦσιν ὀρθρίοις ἐς τὴν Πνύκα ὑπαποτρέχειν ἔχουσι μηδὲ πάτταλον. ἀντὶ τοῦ ὀπίσω τρέχειν, μηδὲ τὸ τυχὸν ἔχουσιν: οἱ γὰρ ὕστερον ἐρχόμενοι εἰς τὴν Πνύκα οὐκ ἐλάμβανον τὸ ἐκκλησιαστικόν.
Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 283-4 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. pi 775, upsilon 154. For 'assembly-fee' cf. under iota 537.
In comedy 'peg' is one of the numerous synonyms for an erect penis; 'without even having a peg' thus means literally empty-handed.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; constitution; definition; economics; gender and sexuality; imagery
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 August 2008@06:30:32.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 27 August 2008@12:24:28.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 28 August 2008@03:50:01.
David Whitehead on 20 November 2013@07:03:13.


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