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Headword: *diekerma/tise th\n draxmh\n e)n toi=s i)xqu/sin
Adler number: delta,903
Translated headword: he had the drachma changed in the fish-markets
Vetting Status: high
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Greek Original:
*diekerma/tise th\n draxmh\n e)n toi=s i)xqu/sin: a)nti\ tou= ...
i.e. changed for coins of smaller denomination, such as obols.
The headword phrase is an approximation (and abridgment) of Aristophanes, Wasps 788-9 (web address 1 below); the Suda has active voice diekerma/tise, but in Aristophanes the verb is middle/passive and may be deponent. See LSJ entry for diakermati/zomai (web address 2). Also, here the tense is aorist, not Aristophanes' imperfect.
The present gloss breaks off incomplete, and the scholia ad loc. do not reveal what element of the phrase is being glossed, or what the glossing word or phrase might have been.
On the idiom 'fish-markets' -- in the Greek simply 'in the fishes' -- see MacDowell 238.
Aristophanes, Wasps, edited with introduction and commentary by D.M. MacDowell (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1971)
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; food
Translated by: James Vradelis on 12 June 2004@18:38:30.
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David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 13 June 2004@05:43:53.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaking) on 8 July 2012@06:36:01.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; tweaks and cosmetic) on 2 November 2015@03:24:18.
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