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Headword: *ga/llos
Adler number: gamma,41
Translated headword: Gallus
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] eunuch.[1]
In the Epigrams: "Gallus the long-haired, the lately-cut, a Lydian from Tmolus who once shrieked long for dancers."[2]
Also [sc. attested is the plural] Galloi ["Galli"], eunuchs. "Gnaeus [Manlius], the Romans' consul, crossed and bridged the Sangarius river, which is in a hollow and altogether difficult to cross; and there came to him as he was encamped at the river Galli from Attis and Battacus, priests of the Mother of the gods from Pessinus, who had in addition to her image [other] figurines, and who said the goddess foretold his victory and power; Gnaeus received them benevolently."[3]
And elsewhere: "he sent out youths whom he had prepared as Galli -- with pipers, in women's robes, and having drums and figurines -- against those besieging the territory."[4]
"Galli come from men, but men do not come about from Galli."[5]
Greek Original:
*ga/llos: a)po/kopos. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: ga/llos o( xaith/eis, o( neh/tomos, o(/s pote *tmw= *ludio\s o)rxhsto\s ma/kras o)loluzo/menos. kai\ *ga/lloi, oi( a)po/kopoi. *gnai=os, o( u(/patos *(rwmai/wn, dierxo/menos e)gefu/rwse to\n *sagga/rion potamo\n, tele/ws koi=lon o)/nta kai\ du/sbaton: kai\ par' au)to\n to\n potamo\n stratopedeusa/menos paragi/nontai *ga/lloi para\ *)/attidos kai\ *batta/kou tw=n e)k *pessinou=ntos i(ere/wn th=s mhtro\s tw=n qew=n e)/xontes pro\s th=| i)de/a| kai\ tu/pous, fa/skontes prosagge/llein th\n qeo\n ni/khn kai\ kra/tos: ou(\s o( *gnai=os filanqrw/pws u(pede/cato. kai\ au)=qis: a)pe/steile neani/skous diaskeua/sas ei)s *ga/llous, met' au)lhtw=n e)n gunaikei/ais stolai=s e)/xontas tu/mpana kai\ tu/pous, e)pi\ tou\s prokaqhme/nous th=s xw/ras. o(/ti *ga/lloi me\n gi/nontai e)c a)ndrw=n, e)k de\ *ga/llwn a)/ndres ou) gi/nontai.
[1] Same glossing in Hesychius; and cf. gamma 42.
[2] A garbled version of Greek Anthology 6.234.1-2.
[3] Polybius 21.37.4-7; cf. gamma 325 and (esp.) sigma 14.
[4] Quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti) unidentifiable; cf. tau 1175.
[5] A witticism of the philosopher Arcesilaus (alpha 3950) in Diogenes Laertius 4.43.
Keywords: biography; clothing; definition; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; meter and music; philosophy; poetry; religion; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 27 June 2002@19:30:03.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 28 June 2002@03:56:14.
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