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Headword: *prokulindei=sqai
Adler number: pi,2492
Translated headword: to roll down before [someone]
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to do homage to the king/emperor [by] falling on one's knee.[1]
For it is a prerogative of the king/emperor to receive kneeling homage from men. Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "rolling down before kites": for kites appear in spring, [and] delighted by this they used to roll, as if falling on their knee.[2]
Greek Original:
*prokulindei=sqai: to\ e)pi\ go/nu peso/nta proskunei=n tw=| basilei=. i)/dion ga\r tou= basile/ws to\ gonupetei=sqai e)c a)nqrw/pwn. kai\ prokulindei=sqai i)kti/nois: e)/aros i)/ktinoi fai/nontai, e)f' w(=| h(do/menoi e)kulindou=nto, w(s e)pi\ go/nu pi/ptontes.
[1] No comparable entries in other lexica; but cf. pi 2384.
[2] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Birds 501 (where this phrase occurs, but with the definite article); cf. iota 283.
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; history; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 August 2013@00:32:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 4 August 2013@04:17:07.
David Whitehead on 16 October 2013@06:06:35.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 14 November 2021@23:36:31.


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