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Headword: *pe/nte ta/lanq' h( *xi/wn po/lis dia\ to\n prwkto\n o)flh/sei
Adler number: pi,977
Translated headword: the city of Chios will have to pay five talents because of your arse
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes is ridiculing these men as being unwholesomely effete; and with their arses, because of unwholesomeness, being rather wide and ready for defecation.
Greek Original:
*pe/nte ta/lanq' h( *xi/wn po/lis dia\ to\n prwkto\n o)flh/sei: tou/tous w(s a)krasi/an malaki/as e)/xontas skw/ptei *)aristofa/nhs: kai\ dia\ malaki/an tw=n prwktw=n eu)rute/rwn o)/ntwn kai\ e(toi/mwn pro\s to\ a)popatei=n.
Aristophanes, Peace 171-2 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there.
Ancient and modern commentators alike struggle to unravel the joke(s) here, and/or any serious intent behind them. In addition to the modern commentaries (Platnauer, Olson, et al.) ad loc., see e.g. Quinn (below) 86 n.15.
For Chios see generally chi 316.
T.J. Quinn, Athens and Samos, Chios and Lesbos 478-404 BC (Manchester 1981)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; history; medicine
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 June 2001@05:30:53.
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William Hutton (cosmetics, added link, set status) on 15 December 2003@14:25:03.
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