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Headword: *pamphsi/an
Adler number: pi,129
Translated headword: possession-as-a-whole
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] all the property. "You, Sikon and Xenophantes, take up the possession-as-a-whole."[1]
Greek Original:
*pamphsi/an: pa=san th\n kth=sin. su\ d', w)= *si/kwn kai\ *ceno/fantes, ai)/resqe th\n pamphsi/an.
The headword, a rare feminine noun in the accusative case, is extracted from the quotation given. It is tragedic vocabulary (instances in Aeschylus and Euripides), and therefore incongruous in this comedic context.
[1] A heterodox version of Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 867-8 (with a scholiast's comment on the present headword). The mss of Aristophanes unanimously give the name of the second slave addressed as Parmenon: see web address 1. (The name Xenophantes is otherwise found only in a list of Pythagoreans from Metapontum; its appearance in the present context is baffling.)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; geography; law; philosophy; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 4 August 2010@10:13:40.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link and keywords, set status) on 4 August 2010@11:38:46.
David Whitehead (augmented primary note; another keyword) on 5 August 2010@03:07:46.
David Whitehead on 28 August 2011@08:10:43.
David Whitehead on 13 August 2013@04:41:15.
David Whitehead (expanded a note; more keywords) on 19 June 2016@04:20:30.


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