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Headword: *ka/ttuma
Adler number: kappa,1129
Translated headword: stitched-leather
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] deceit, trickery.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "[Kleon,] whom one day I shall personally flay to make sandals for the knights." But kattymata are strong and hard pieces of leather, which are placed under sandals and other footwear.[2]
Greek Original:
*ka/ttuma: a)pa/th, do/los. *)aristofa/nhs: o(\n e)gw\ katatemw= toi=s i(ppeu=sin ei)s kattu/mata. kattu/mata de/ e)sti de/rmata/ tina i)sxura\ kai\ sklhra/, a(/per toi=s sandali/ois kai\ toi=s a)/llois u(podh/masin u(poba/lletai.
[1] Same entry in Photius, the Lexica Segueriana, and Hesychius.
[2] Aristophanes, Acharnians 301 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. kappa 817. For Kleon see kappa 1731. The scholiast is appealing to the metaphorical sense of the related verb kattu/w (kappa 1127, kappa 1128); but in this passage "stitched leather" (i.e. shoe soles) is being used literally (following the definition the Suda gives immediately below).
For a figurative use of the word, to mean "cobbled together" (music: LSJ s.v. ka/ssuma), see ps.-Plutarch, De musica 1138B (where Ziegler in the Teubner Moralia -- the edition used by TLG -- emends to the unparalleled katatu/mmata; his predecessor Wyttenbach retained kattu/mata). However, this is not the sense appealed to here.
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Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 13 October 2008@12:28:57.
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