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Headword: *deka/poun skia/n
Adler number: delta,178
Translated headword: ten-foot shadow
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes [writes]: "but you'll take care, whenever the shadow [is] ten feet [long], to go off well-oiled[1] to dinner."[2] He is speaking of a sun-dial. That is, whenever the shadow of the sun is ten feet long, i.e. when it is evening.
Greek Original:
*deka/poun skia/n: *)aristofa/nhs: soi\ de\ melh/sei, o(/tan h)=| deka/poun to\ stoixei=on, liparw=s xwrei=n e)s dei=pnon. peri\ h(liotropi/ou fhsi/. toute/sti tou= h(li/ou h( skia\ o(/tan h)=| de/ka podw=n, h)/goun o(/te gi/netai o)yino/n.
For the headword phrase see already delta 177; nominative case there, accusative here.
[1] SOL prints liparw=s following Adler; LSJ prints liparw=| (Bentley's emendation for -rw=s); Perseus prints liparo\n (from the Greek text edited by Hall and Geldart).
[2] Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 651-2 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there. For o)yino/n, see omicron 1081.
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Keywords: chronology; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; science and technology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 December 2003@15:28:06.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 21 December 2003@08:35:48.
Ross Scaife ✝ (added note 1) on 26 September 2005@10:23:16.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference, updated link) on 8 June 2010@19:33:09.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note; more keywords) on 9 June 2010@03:12:51.
David Whitehead on 18 June 2012@05:40:00.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 15 July 2016@01:26:45.


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