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Headword: *trugw|di/a
Adler number: tau,1098
Translated headword: trugody
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] comedy; [so called] either because of [the poets] receiving trux, that is new wine, as a prize; or because, as there were no masks at the beginning, [the actors] smeared their faces with lees.
Greek Original:
*trugw|di/a: kwmw|di/a: h)/toi dia\ to\ tru/ga e)/paqlon lamba/nein, tou/testi ne/on oi)=non: h)\ dia\ to\ mh\ o)/ntwn proswpei/wn th\n a)rxh/n, trugi\ xri/esqai ta\s o)/yeis.
The headword trugw|di/a is used parodically (for tragw|di/a) at Aristophanes, Acharnians 499-500 (web address 1). The present entry follows the scholia there; see also those to Acharnians 398; but explained differently at Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 2.40A-B (2.11 Kaibel).
cf. generally tau 1096, tau 1097.
A.W. Pickard-Cambridge, Dithyramb, Tragedy and Comedy (Oxford 1927) 284
Oliver Taplin, "Tragedy and Trugedy," Classical Quarterly 33 (1983) 331-333
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; clothing; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; imagery; stagecraft; tragedy
Translated by: Rocco Marseglia on 16 November 2012@05:10:32.
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David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 16 November 2012@07:07:27.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 18 November 2012@01:02:55.
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