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Headword: *yeudatrafa/cuos ple/a
Adler number: psi,45
Translated headword: full of false orach
Vetting Status: high
Meaning full of lies. Orach (a)tra/facus) [is] a kind of vegetable, which grows large quickly. So since Kleon had made false accusations against the knights and the council decided to believe him, [Aristophanes] said that the council has become 'full of false orach' -- [thereby he is] attacking Kleon as a liar, and upbraiding the council because they were easily and readily convinced by liars and slanderers, just as the plant grows.
Greek Original:
*yeudatrafa/cuos ple/a: a)nti\ tou= plh/rh yeusma/twn. a)tra/facus de\ ei)=dos laxa/nou, o(\ taxe/ws ei)s me/geqos au)/cetai. e)pei\ ou)=n o( *kle/wn yeudh= kata\ tw=n i(ppe/wn kathgo/rhse kai\ h( boulh\ pei/qesqai e)do/kei, yeudatrafa/cuos ple/an ei)=pe th\n boulh\n gegone/nai, diaba/llwn me\n w(s yeu/sthn to\n *kle/wna, th=s de\ boulh=s kaqapto/menos, w(s toi=s yeudome/nois kai\ diaba/llousi peiqome/nhn eu)xerw=s kai\ r(a|di/ws, w(/sper kai\ to\ la/xanon au)/cetai.
From a scholion on Aristophanes, Knights 630, where the headword phrase occurs (see web address 1).
On orach, see alpha 4381; on Kleon, kappa 1731.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: agriculture; biography; botany; comedy; definition; ethics; food; history; imagery; politics
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 23 December 2005@14:12:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another x-ref and more keywords; cosmetics) on 29 December 2005@02:00:25.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 5 August 2011@04:59:12.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 5 August 2011@07:54:47.


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