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Headword: *de/lfakas
Adler number: delta,204
Translated headword: piglets
Vetting Status: high
['Piglets'] and 'suckling-pig': [meaning] big porkers, though some [sc. say] the small ones also. Homer [writes]: "eat now, o stranger, the pork that is available to slaves; the very fattened hogs that the suitors eat."[1]
They smash the head of a male piglet with a rock when they pray.[2]
"Well, it's young, but it will grow up to pighood big and with a decent bit of tail."[2]
Greek Original:
*de/lfakas kai\ *delfa/kion: tou\s mega/lous xoi/rous, oi( de\ kai\ tou\s mikrou/s. *(/omhros: e)/sqie nu=n, w)= cei=ne, ta/ te dmw/essi pa/resti xoi/rei': a)ta\r sia/lous ge su/as mnhsth=res e)/dousi. de/lfakos a)/rrenos li/qw| th\n kefalh\n pai/ontes a)rw=ntai. ne/a ga/r e)stin, a)lla\ delfakoume/nh h(/cei mega/lhn te kai\ paxei=an ke/rkon.
The twin headwords are feminine accusative plural and neuter nominative/accusative singular; the latter intrudes here on what is otherwise material drawn from the scholia to Aristophanes, 739.
See also delta 205.
[1] Homer, Odyssey 14.80-1 (web address 1 below).
[2] Quotation unidentifiable.
[3] Aristophanes, Acharnians 785-7 (web address 2), where the piglet is used as a metaphor for the female genitalia. See J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 132 #113, 146 #184.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 29 July 2002@11:25:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 9 September 2002@05:20:03.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 28 November 2005@10:26:45.
David Whitehead (internal rearrangement; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 18 June 2012@07:12:12.
David Whitehead on 9 October 2015@07:38:53.
Catharine Roth (tweaked links) on 15 July 2016@19:06:40.


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