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Headword: *)apomagdali/a
Adler number: alpha,3432
Translated headword: crumb, sop
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the dough with which cooks wipe things up -- they used to call it a handwiper -- which they would toss to the dogs when they were done with work. Or, food for dogs consisting of dough and fat. As the poet says: "for he always brings things to sweeten the spirit."[1] For after dinner they used to smear some grease on a piece of dough and throw it to the dogs. And elsewhere Aristophanes [writes]: "but I think I will outdo you in these matters; or vainly did I grow so large feeding on sops."[2]
Greek Original:
*)apomagdali/a: to\ stai=s, w(=| a)poma/ttontai oi( ma/geiroi, o(/per e)ka/loun xeiro/maktron, o(\ meta\ th\n e)rgasi/an a)pe/rripton toi=s kusi/n. h)\ h( tw=n kunw=n trofh\, h(/tis h)=n stai=s kai\ li/pos: w(s kai\ o( poihth/s: a)ei\ ga/r te fe/rei meili/gmata qumou=. meta\ ga\r to\ dei=pnon ei)s to\ stai=s a)peyw=nto to\ li/pos kai\ toi=s kusi\n e)rri/ptoun. kai\ au)=qis *)aristofa/nhs: plh\n u(perbalei=sqai s' oi)/omai tou/toisin: h)\ ma/thn g' a)\n a)pomagdali/as sitou/menos tosou=tos e)ktrafei/hn.
[1] Homer, Odyssey 10.217.
[2] Aristophanes, Knights 413-414. The scholia there are drawn on here.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; food; poetry; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 19 March 2002@16:28:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 20 March 2002@03:22:17.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 3 April 2012@08:59:45.
David Whitehead on 28 August 2015@06:12:15.


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