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Headword: *ku/nna
Adler number: kappa,2692
Translated headword: Kynna
Vetting Status: high
[Kynna] and Salabakcho: names of celebrated courtesans in Athens.[1] Aristophanes [writes]: "and first of all I do battle with the saw-toothed monster himself, from whose eyes most dreadful rays of Kynna were flashing, while a hundred heads of damned flatterers were licking round his head".[2] He is speaking about Kleon.
Greek Original:
*ku/nna kai\ *salabakxw/: o)no/mata qaumazome/nwn par' *)aqh/nhsin e(tairw=n. *)aristofa/nhs: kai\ prw=ton me\n ma/xomai pa/ntwn au)tw=| tw=| karxaro/donti, ou(= deino/tatai me\n a)p' o)fqalmw=n *ku/nnhs a)kti=nes e)/lampon: e(kato\n de\ ku/klw| kefalai\ kola/kwn oi)mwcome/nwn e)lixmw=nto peri\ th\n kefalh/n. peri\ *kle/wno/s fhsi.
[1] Mentioned together in Aristophanes, Knights 765 (web address 1). (Also elsewhere separately: for Kynna see next note; for Salabakcho see Thesmophoriazusae 805.) Both "names" -- more exactly nicknames -- mean or imply cunt: J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 133 #118, 141 #156.
[2] Aristophanes, Peace 754-7, repeating (from "the saw-toothed monster" onwards) Wasps 1031-3. The "dreadful rays of Kynna" appears to be wordplay designed to recall "having the eyes of a dog" (kuno/s: Homer, Iliad 1.225). For Kleon see generally kappa 1731.
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Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; epic; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 September 2001@06:07:19.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, added link) on 6 September 2001@22:06:05.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added italics) on 23 October 2003@17:08:14.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 24 October 2003@06:24:03.
David Whitehead on 20 March 2013@09:35:04.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 1 April 2013@00:39:51.


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