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Headword: *kata\ da/ktulon
Adler number: kappa,517
Translated headword: by a dactyl
Vetting Status: high
['By a dactyl' is] an arithmetical or geometrical kind [of term][1] or [a kind of] rhythm, and of beat/stroke; pipe-players use it before the nomos.[2]
Greek Original:
*kata\ da/ktulon: ei)=dos a)riqmhtiko\n h)\ gewmetriko\n h)\ r(uqmou=, kai\ krou/matos to\ kata\ da/ktulon: w(=| e)xrw=nto oi( au)lou=ntes pro\ tou= no/mou.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Clouds 651, where the headword phrase (repeated 652) occurs: Socrates tells Strepsiades that this is one of the useful skills he will learn in the musical part of the Thinkery's curriculum. See text at web address 1.
[1] In the sense -- not relevant to this passage -- that a dactyl, supposedly a finger's breadth, is a unit of length (c.19 mm.); see e.g. under kappa 1434.
[2] For pipes see e.g. alpha 4447; for nomoi (in this sense), nu 478.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; mathematics; meter and music
Translated by: David Whitehead on 17 April 2008@05:38:23.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 17 April 2008@10:30:31.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 18 April 2008@02:48:00.
David Whitehead on 30 January 2013@09:01:44.


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