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Headword: *klwpeu/w
Adler number: kappa,1835
Translated headword: I filch
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] I steal. And klwpei/a ["filching"] [comes] out of it, and klwpiteu/w ["I habitually filch"].[1]
"The hand [is] among the Aitolians but the mind in [the deme of] Klopidai". Attic genitive instead of dative. Aristophanes is insulting certain men, as brigands and thieves: for the Aitolians [are] brigands.[2]
Greek Original:
*klwpeu/w: kle/ptw. kai\ *klwpei/a e)c au)tou=, kai\ *klwpiteu/w. h( me\n xei\r e)n *ai)twloi=s, o( de\ nou=s e)n *klwpidw=n. *)attikh\ genikh\ a)nti\ dotikh=s. diaba/llei de/ tinas o( *)aristofa/nhs, w(s lh|sta\s kai\ kle/ptas: lh|stai\ ga\r oi( *ai)twloi/.
[1] cf. epsilon 486, kappa 1836.
[2] Aristophanes, Knights 79 (slightly misquoted here, cf. web address 1), with scholion. Klopidai is a mock deme name (see LSJ s.v.), reminiscent of the real deme-name Kropidai but formed in imitation of e.g. klwpiko/s 'thievish'.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography
Translated by: D. Graham J. Shipley on 25 November 2007@17:29:47.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; supplied keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 26 November 2007@03:51:29.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 4 March 2013@04:13:44.
Catharine Roth (added a link) on 15 September 2019@23:10:09.


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