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Headword: *)epi/klintron
Adler number: epsilon,2392
Translated headword: elbow-rest, head-rest
Vetting Status: high
A type of feminine accoutrement. "May you throw away your elbow-rest".
Greek Original:
*)epi/klintron: ei)=dos kosmi/ou gunaikei/ou. to/ t' e)pi/klintron a)poba/lois.
Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 907 (Web address 1), with the definition from the scholia there. Given what the headword actually means (see LSJ Suppl. s.v.), a detachable part of a couch, the description of it as a "feminine accoutrement" seems odd. It finds a modern echo in Ussher's suggestion that in this context the headword uniquely means the female genitals, but Henderson's survey of terms for these (130-148) does not include this one.
Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae, edited with introduction and commentary by R.G. Ussher (Oxford 1973, reprinted Bristol & New Rochelle 1986)
J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine; science and technology; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 May 2003@08:34:58.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Modified translation and note, added link, set status) on 3 June 2003@04:47:09.
David Whitehead (expanded note/bibliog) on 2 March 2006@05:27:19.
David Whitehead on 14 October 2012@05:49:04.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 14 October 2012@23:47:02.


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