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Headword: *gorgu/nh
Adler number: gamma,400
Translated headword: gorgyne
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning an] underground prison.
Or [so called] from a deme of Attica which behaved badly.
Greek Original:
*gorgu/nh: desmwth/rion u(po/geion. h)\ a)po\ dh/mou th=s *)attikh=s kakopra/gmonos.
A misbegotten entry on all levels. First, the word "gorgyne" (if correctly transmitted) appears to be nothing more than an inauthentic variant of "gorgyra" (for which see gamma 401). And the deme connection is surely illusory. As the C19 scholar C.G. Grotefend realized, its origins look as though they lie in the joke (for which see gamma 391) that the women of the Attic deme Teithras were gorgons - that is, alarming, dangerous and ugly (tau 579).
Keywords: aetiology; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; geography; historiography; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 26 October 2000@03:10:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 3 September 2002@06:27:06.
Elizabeth Vandiver on 29 September 2003@16:41:00.
David Whitehead on 11 June 2012@03:51:21.
David Whitehead on 11 April 2016@03:05:25.


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