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Headword: *)ef' e(/ndeka kw/pais
Adler number: epsilon,3857
Translated headword: on eleven oars
Vetting Status: high
There is a naval order so called. "Raise a great wave [sc. of applause] for them [and send out a good Lenaean hubbub on eleven oars]." It is a metaphor from those rowing on eleven oars.
Greek Original:
*)ef' e(/ndeka kw/pais: ke/leusma/ e)sti nautiko\n ou(/tw lego/menon. ai)/resq' au)tw=n polu\ to\ r(o/qion. a)po\ tw=n e)resso/ntwn meth/negken e)f' e(/ndeka kw/pais.
Aristophanes, Knights 546 (web address 1), with scholion; see already at alpha 3470.
The LSJ entry for kw/ph (web address 2) describes 'send out ... on eleven oars' as "a prov. of dub. origin, meaning 'to escort with all the honours'." Most of this is unexceptionable as far as it goes, though one could query 'prov[erbial]': only the scholiasts (and Eustathius) had anything to say about it, not the paroemiographers.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; imagery; military affairs; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Ryan Stone on 27 January 2008@15:34:46.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation and notes, added link, set status) on 28 January 2008@00:57:21.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 28 January 2008@04:18:11.
David Whitehead on 18 November 2012@08:37:10.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 18 March 2016@07:42:25.
Catharine Roth (reordered links) on 26 March 2018@16:46:50.


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