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Headword: *(ua/lh
Adler number: upsilon,6
Translated headword: glass
Vetting Status: high
[u(a/lh is the feminine of] u(/alos.[1]
A glass is [something] "from which they kindle fire." And Aristophanes says: "when the lawsuit was to be recorded, [what would you say] if I were to stand at a distance thus, in the direction of the sun, and melt out the letters of my lawsuit." [A glass] is a round-shaped device of amber glass, contrived for the following purpose: when they have soaked it in oil and heated it in the sun they introduce a wick and kindle [fire]. So the old man is saying, in conversation with Socrates: if I were to start a fire with the amber and introduce fire to the tablet of the letter, I could make the letters of the lawsuit disappear.[2]
Greek Original:
*(ua/lh: u(/alos. *(/ualo/s e)stin a)f' h(=s pu=r a(/ptousi. kai/ fhsin *)aristofa/nhs: o(po/tan gra/foito h( di/kh, a)pwte/rw sta\s w(di\ pro\s to\n h(/lion ta\ gra/mmat' e)kth/caimi th=s e)mh=s di/khs. e)/sti de\ kataskeu/asma u(a/lou troxoeide\s h)le/ktrou, ei)s tou=to texnasqe/n: o(/per e)lai/w| xri/santes kai\ h(li/w| qermh/nantes prosa/gousi qrualli/da kai\ a(/ptousi. tou=to ou)=n o( ge/rwn pro\s *swkra/thn dialego/meno/s fhsin, ei) u(fa/yaimi dia\ th=s h)le/ktrou kai\ prosaga/goimi th=| de/ltw| to\ pu=r th=| tou= gra/mmatos, a)fani/saimi ta\ gra/mmata th=s di/khs.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica; references at Photius upsilon3 Theodoridis.
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 768 and 770-2 (web address 1), with material from the scholia to 768. 'This is our earliest mention of a glass lens' (Dover ad loc.)
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; law; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 March 2006@06:54:16.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (punctuation, link, status) on 19 March 2006@12:30:26.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented n.2) on 20 March 2006@02:58:50.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, upgraded link, raised status) on 19 January 2011@23:55:28.
David Whitehead on 14 November 2013@07:10:15.


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