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Headword: *peira=n
Adler number: pi,1452
Translated headword: to test
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to proffer words about sex. And to be tested [means] to hear such words. Thucydides [writes]: "after being tested by Hipparkhos son of Peisistratos [...] Harmodios accuses [him] to Aristogeiton."[1] The word also means to be put the test in other ways.
For "to test" properly means to make advances to a woman concerning sex.[2]
Greek Original:
*peira=n: tou\s lo/gous peri\ sunousi/as profe/rein. kai\ peiraqh=nai, to\ a)kou=sai lo/gous toiou/tous. *qoukudi/dhs: peiraqei\s de\ o( *(armo/dios u(po\ *(ippa/rxou tou= *peisistra/tou katagoreu/ei tw=| *)aristogei/toni. shmai/nei h( le/cis kai\ to\ a)/llws diapeira=sqai. *peira=n ga\r kuri/ws to\ prosba/llein gunaiki\ peri\ th=s a)frodi/ths.
The first paragraph here is also in Photius (pi537 Theodoridis).
[1] Thucydides 6.54.3 (here abbreviated by the exclusion of the phrase 'and after not being persuaded').
[2] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 517; cf. pi 1462.
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; historiography; history
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 23 May 2002@12:33:16.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 24 May 2002@04:32:44.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 15 May 2011@08:14:21.
David Whitehead on 2 October 2013@07:19:42.


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