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Headword: *)ozwta/
Adler number: omicron,76
Translated headword: sour
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes is speaking about Euripides: "sour and pungent;"[1] [things] which, as the same [writer] says, "these are strong seasoning for meat when it is high."[2]
Greek Original:
*)ozwta/: *)aristofa/nhs peri\ *eu)ripi/dou fhsi/n: o)zwta\ kai\ stilfwta/: a(/per, w(s au)to/s fhsi, katapugosu/nh tau=ta/ e)sti pro\s kre/as me/ga.
From Diogenes Laertius 4.18; cf. Pollux 6.69.
[1] These two adjectives exist nowhere else in Greek literature in the forms transmitted here, which are the result of copyist's errors. The first should be not o)zwta/ but o)cwta/, i.e. something made sour-tasting by vinegar. The second should be not stilfwta/ but silfiwta/, i.e. derived from silphion/silphium (sigma 422, sigma 423).
[2] From later in the same fragment of Aristophanes' lost play Geras.
Keywords: biography; botany; comedy; definition; food; imagery; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: Amanda Aponte on 5 November 2009@11:31:54.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified tr; augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 November 2009@03:30:00.
David Whitehead on 23 June 2013@05:31:46.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 19 May 2016@08:43:03.


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