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Headword: *ku/rbis
Adler number: kappa,2746
Translated headword: billboard
Vetting Status: high
[A term for] a busybody, whose notice it is not possible to evade; for as a mnemonic [the Athenians] used to put writings up on the billboards. It was a plaque, on which were the written laws. Or in the following sense: "gladly would I put up with anything in order to seem skilled in words to the masses[1] and knowledgeable of the laws."[2]
Greek Original:
*ku/rbis: peri/ergos, o(\n ou)k e)/sti laqei=n: e(/neka ga\r mnh/mhs a)ne/grafon ei)s ta\s ku/rbias. h)=n de\ sani/s, e)/nqa oi( no/moi gegramme/noi h)=san. h)\ ou(/tws: h(de/ws a)\n o(tiou=n u(pomei/naimi, i(/na do/cw toi=s polloi=s lo/gwn e)/mpeiros ei)=nai kai\ no/mous ei)de/nai.
The feminine headword, here singular, more commonly appears in the plural: see kappa 2744 and kappa 2745; also alpha 2833, nu 469, omicron 104.
[1] The Greek is toi=s polloi=s, the dative of oi( polloi/ ("the many") usually in a derogatory sense, hence the English borrowing "hoi polloi".
[2] This 'quotation' does not contain the headword. Instead, it appears to be a paraphrase of the passage in Aristophanes, Clouds (448 and environs) where the headword occurs in this figurative sense (web address 1); 'of a pettifogging lawyer, as if a walking statute-book' (LSJ s.v.). The bulk of the entry is derived from scholia to this line. See also Hesychius kappa4464, and Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; law; poetry; politics; trade and manufacture
Translated by: William Hutton on 25 March 2008@17:04:45.
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Jennifer Benedict (tweak to tr and note, cosmeticule, status) on 25 March 2008@17:18:56.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 25 March 2008@23:03:34.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 26 March 2008@04:08:19.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 22 March 2013@08:23:14.
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