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Headword: Αἰάντειος γέλως
Adler number: alphaiota,8
Translated headword: Aiantean laughter, Ajax's laughter
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those laughing insanely.[1]
Also [sc. attested is] "Aiantean house," [meaning] that of Ajax.[2]
Also [sc. attested is] "Aiantian tribe," [meaning] that of Ajax.[3]
Greek Original:
Αἰάντειος γέλως: ἐπὶ τῶν παραφρόνως γελώντων. καὶ Αἰάντειος οἶκος, ὁ τοῦ Αἴαντος. καὶ Αἰαντὶς φυλή, ἡ τοῦ Αἴαντος.
The headword phrase occurs in Menander fr. 10 Sandbach (401 Kock). For another occurrence of the adjective Αἰάντειος ('Ajax's') cf. theta 567.
[1] = Zenobius 1.43, Diogenianus 1.41, etc.
[2] The phrase is found as an example of the use of the adjective in Theognostus 751.4. Adler also cites Lexicon Ambrosianum 7. Otherwise it is unattested.
[3] cf. a scholium to Aristeides, Panathenaicus 192; Hesychius alpha1668. Adler also cites Lexicon Ambrosianum 9. The tribe (φυλή ) Aiantis was one of ten new such entities created in Athens in the late C6 BCE (and named after mythological figures of significance to the community) by the reforms of Kleisthenes. See generally OCD(4) p.1144.
Keywords: comedy; constitution; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; history; law; mythology; poetry; proverbs; tragedy
Translated by: Anne Mahoney on 21 May 1999@14:38:57.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; cosmetics) on 18 October 2000@07:46:33.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 27 February 2003@09:22:59.
William Hutton (augmented notes, added keywords, set status) on 5 June 2011@04:27:18.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 10 May 2012@05:06:40.
Catharine Roth (tweaked betacode) on 10 May 2012@23:53:45.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 1 August 2014@04:22:57.
David Whitehead (my typo) on 22 November 2015@04:04:23.


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