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Headword: *tettigofo/roi
Adler number: tau,377
Translated headword: cicada-wearers
Vetting Status: high
The Athenians, for they used to wear golden cicadas -- a symbol of their being earth-born.[1] Thucydides in [book] 1 [writes]: "and with the hair of their head tied up in a knot with a fastener of golden cicadas ..."[2] Or because [they are] musicians; for the cicada [is] a musician. But [sc. principally because they are] earth-born, because Erechtheus also, the founder of Athens, was born from the earth.[3]
Greek Original:
*tettigofo/roi: oi( *)aqhnai=oi: te/ttigas ga\r e)fo/roun xrusou=s, su/mbolon tou= ghgenei=s ei)=nai. *qoukudi/dhs a#: kai\ xrusw=n tetti/gwn e)ne/rsei krwbu/lon a)nadou/menoi tw=n e)n th=| kefalh=| trixw=n. h)\ o(/ti mousikoi/: mousiko\s ga\r o( te/ttic. ghgenei=s de/, dio/ti kai\ *)erexqeu/s, o( oi)kisth\s tw=n *)aqhnw=n, a)po\ th=s gh=s e)te/xqh.
[1] Similarly in the Etymologicum Magnum, and cf. a scholion on Aristophanes, Knights 1331 (see web address 1). See also tau 378, kappa 1349.
[2] Thucydides 1.6.3 (web address 2), quoted also at epsilon 1257, kappa 2489. Entry thus far = Photius tau207 Theodoridis, taken to come from Aelius Dionysius (tau10).
[3] cf. scholion on Thucydides 1.6.3.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: aetiology; clothing; comedy; daily life; definition; geography; historiography; history; meter and music; mythology; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 7 November 2008@20:04:37.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 9 November 2008@03:53:08.
David Whitehead on 12 August 2011@09:15:33.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 16 August 2011@12:47:32.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 9 January 2014@05:41:40.


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