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Headword: *)aposimw=sai
Adler number: alpha,3520
Translated headword: to moon [someone]; to make ships swerve
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to bend over and extend the buttock naked.[1] Philippus [sc. uses the word thus].[2] But Thucydides [sc. uses it to mean] making the ships swerve.[3]
Greek Original:
*)aposimw=sai: to\ e)piku/yai kai\ th\n pugh\n proqei=nai gumnh/n. *fi/lippos. *qoukudi/dhs de\ to\ metewri/sai ta\s nau=s.
The headword is aorist active infinitive of the rare verb a)posimo/w, literally 'I make [someone or something] flat-nosed' (cf. sigma 437).
[1] See generally on this J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 181.
[2] Philippus fr. 1 Kock, now 3 K.-A.
[3] Thucydides 4.25.5, with the aorist participle, masculine genitive plural (web address 1 below). Despite this gloss on the word (from the scholia on the passage), modern commentators still debate its meaning here: see chiefly A.W. Gomme, A Historical Commentary on Thucydides iii (Oxford 1956) 465; S. Hornblower, A Commentary on Thucydides ii (Oxford 1996) 183.
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; historiography; military affairs; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 3 June 2001@18:44:44.
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David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; augmented notes; added keywords) on 4 June 2001@05:39:53.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 22 August 2002@04:03:24.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added italics; cosmetics) on 13 October 2005@21:02:29.
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