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Headword: *pepemme/nou plakou=ntos
Adler number: pi,996
Translated headword: a flat-cake having been baked
Vetting Status: high
['Baked'] stands for poihqe/ntos ("made"), "of that which has been baked on the fourth day." Since outside the festivals certain days were considered sacred to certain gods at Athens, such as the new moon and the seventh of Apollo, the fourth to Hermes, the eighth to Theseus.[1]
Greek Original:
*pepemme/nou plakou=ntos: a)nti\ tou= poihqe/ntos, tou= e)n tetra/di pepemme/nou. e)peidh\ e)/cw tw=n e(ortw=n i(erai/ tines h(me/rai e)nomi/zonto *)aqh/nhsi qeoi=s tisi/n, oi(=on noumhni/a kai\ e(bdo/mh *)apo/llwnos, teta/rth *(ermh=|, o)gdo/h *qhsei=.
The headword phrase combines the genitive singular of the masculine noun plakou=s with the perfect middle/passive participle, masculine genitive singular, of Attic pe/ttw (Ionic pe/ssw). It is presumably quoted from somewhere, perhaps (given the context) a lost work of Aristophanes. Various other combinations of them occur at Peace 869, Ecclesiazusae 223, and fr. 211 Kassel-Austin (202 Kock). On Aristophanes’ use of these words see Henderson (below), 144. The entire entry, as Adler notes, is very similar to pi 1397 (where Apollo is in the dative, parallel with Hermes and Theseus).
[1] Aristophanes, Plutus [Wealth] 1126, with fuller scholia; cf. pi 1397. The fourth is Hermes' birthday (Homeric Hymn to Hermes 19) and the occasion of both public and private offerings to him; see Sommerstein (below), 210 ad loc. On the monthly festival days in general, see Mikalson (below), 13-24.
Aristophanes, Wealth. Ed. Alan H. Sommerstein. Warminster: Aris & Phillips, 2001
Henderson, Jeffrey. The Maculate Muse: Obscene Language in Attic Comedy. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991
Mikalson, Jon D. The Sacred and Civil Calendar of the Athenian Year. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975
Keywords: chronology; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; mythology; religion
Translated by: Fred Jenkins on 11 October 2012@21:44:23.
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Catharine Roth (expanded note, coding) on 12 October 2012@00:52:09.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaking) on 12 October 2012@03:42:59.
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