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Headword: *ba/khlos
Adler number: beta,46
Translated headword: bakêlos
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning one who is] big, but ignorant and womanish.[1]
A bakêlos [is] a eunuch, a castrated man.[2]
And [there is] a proverb: "you are a bakêlos", [brought] against those who are frivolous and unmanly. For castrated men [are] like that.[3]
Greek Original:
*ba/khlos: me/gas me\n, a)no/htos de\ kai\ gunaikw/dhs. *ba/khlos, eu)nou=xos, a)po/kopos. kai\ paroimi/a: *ba/khlos ei)=, kata\ tw=n e)klu/twn kai\ a)na/ndrwn. toiou=toi ga\r oi( a)po/kopoi.
A bakêlos was a eunuch priest in the service of Cybele (LSJ s.v.: web address 1); see also gamma 41. The term could also have the more general sense illustrated here.
[1] Same or similar glossing in Photius and other lexica.
[2] Likewise.
[3] See e.g. Menander fr. 477 Kock, 368 K.-A.; cf. Zenobius 2.62 and other paroemiographers.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 12 April 2002@11:54:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, notes) on 9 September 2002@21:14:28.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 10 September 2002@03:04:46.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 18 May 2012@05:54:07.
David Whitehead on 24 December 2014@06:46:43.
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