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Headword: Adêphagia
Adler number: alpha,469
Translated headword: greed
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] insatiability.
Also [sc. attested is the related adjective] adephagos ["greedy"], [meaning someone] incessantly eating, omnivorous, gourmandizing.
"Greedy triremes"[1] would be a name for ones on full pay and costing a lot, as a metaphor from fully-grown racehorses. Alcaeus in the [play] Comitragedy calls tippling lamps "greedy".[2]
Greek Original:
Adêphagia: hê aplêstia. kai Adêphagos, athroôs esthiôn, poluphagos, gastrimargos. Adêphagoi triêreis legoint' an hai entelomisthoi kai polla analiskousai, ek metaphoras tôn teleiôn kai agônistôn hippôn. Alkaios de en têi Kômôidotragôidiai tous potas luchnous adêphagous eipen.
[1] This paragraph abridges Harpokration s.v. a)dhfa/gous trih/rei=s (a phrase in Lysias: fr. 103 Sauppe, now 121a Carey).
[2] Alcaeus fr.21 Kassel-Austin.
D.Whitehead, "Observations on a)dhfagi/a", Rheinisches Museum fur Philologie 145 (2002) 175-186
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Translated by: David Whitehead on 3 October 2000@06:47:28.
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