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Headword: *(amaci/s
Adler number: alpha,1488
Translated headword: cart
Vetting Status: high
A type of flat-cake, which now we call a kopte. But Symmachus[1] [sc. says that it is] also the miniature wagon. Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "when I bought you a hamaxis at the Diasia."[2]
Greek Original:
*(amaci/s: ei)=dos plakou=ntos, h(\n nu=n kopth\n fame/n. *su/mmaxos de\ kai\ to\ mikro\n a(ma/cion. *)aristofa/nhs *nefe/lais: o(/t' e)pria/mhn soi *diasi/ois a(maci/da.
[1] An authority cited in the scholia to the line of Aristophanes about to be quoted. On him and in general see Dover (below) 205 (arguing for a literal interpretation of "cart" and suggesting that centuries of price-inflation were responsible for the "cake" interpretation).
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 864. On the Diasia, a festival of Zeus, see delta 752.
Aristophanes, Clouds, edited with introduction and commentary by K.J. Dover (Oxford 1968)
Keywords: children; comedy; daily life; definition; food; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 9 June 2000@08:47:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; augmented notes; added bibliography and keyword; cosmetics) on 26 February 2001@08:55:51.
David Whitehead (restorative cosmetics) on 7 July 2002@05:56:18.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 12 February 2012@05:55:40.
David Whitehead on 14 June 2015@10:48:24.


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