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Headword: *dai/+s
Adler number: delta,18
Translated headword: brand, torch
Vetting Status: high
"In [the] agora a torch is burning for the gods." -- "Is this a torch?" -- "It is indeed a torch; do you not see it is marked?"[1] -- "And what is that black bit in the middle?" -- "The pitch coming out as it burns."
Greek Original:
*dai/+s: e)n a)gora=| toi=s qeoi=s da\|s kai/etai. da\|s h(/de; da\|s dh=t': ou)x o(ra=|s e)stigme/nhn; ti/ dai\+ to\ me/lan tou=t' e)sti\n au)th=s e)n me/sw|; h( pi/tta dh/pou kaome/nhs e)ce/rxetai.
Aristophanes, Wasps 1372-5 (web address 1); Philokleon is trying to fool Bdelykleon that a girl piper is a sacred torch.
[1] Modern editors emend "marked", unintelligible of a torch, to "split", e)sxisme/nhn. An actual torch would be made of split wood bound together, and the girl-torch has a split at the genitals; the "black bit" (= pubic hair, qua wick) and "pitch" (= vaginal secretion) make further reference to this. See J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 145-6.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine; meter and music; religion; trade and manufacture; women
Translated by: Gabriel Bodard on 2 June 2000@12:42:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; added keywords; cosmetics) on 25 March 2001@08:22:08.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 13 June 2012@08:00:17.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 25 August 2013@20:25:37.


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