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Headword: *katesike/lize
Adler number: kappa,987
Translated headword: he was Sicilizing down
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] he began to eat a Sicilian cheese.
Greek Original:
*katesike/lize: kath/sqie *sikeliko\n turo/n.
A nonsense-verb in Aristophanes, Wasps 911 (web address 1). This whole scene (891-1008) is a mock-prosecution of "Labes" (= the general Laches), by his enemy Dog (= Kleon: kappa 1731), for stealing and eating a Sicilian cheese. The Athenians had campaigned in Sicily between 427 and 424 BCE (just a few years before Wasps was staged), and Thucydides 4.65 records the trial and conviction, on bribe-taking charges, of the three generals who had been in command at the end. Laches had served earlier (427 and 426), but evidently there was still some comic mileage in such a charge where he was concerned.
Aristophanes, Wasps, edited with introduction and commentary by Douglas M. MacDowell (Oxford 1971) 163-4 and 249-50
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; economics; ethics; food; geography; history; imagery; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 17 July 2001@06:22:20.
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Catharine Roth (added link) on 17 July 2001@13:39:17.
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