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Headword: Χαιριδεῖς
Adler number: chi,171
Translated headword: Chairideis
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning those] educated from [= by] Chairis.[1] Or practising [sc. with him]. Chairis [was] an uncultured Theban piper. So Attic [writers] say Chairideis from Chairis and peristerideis from περιστερὰ ['dove'].[2] This man used to play his pipes during the sacrifices. He was [sc. also] a kithara-player.[3] Aristophanes [writes]: "if Chairis sees you, he will come, to play the pipes uninvited".[4]
And [there is] a proverb: 'Chairis singing in a steep-pitched style'. [5] The steep-pitched [is] a style [νόμος ] for playing the pipe, so called because it was rising and vigorous.
And Homer [says]: "the goddess [Eris] standing there uttered a great and terrible war-cry rising sharply upwards to the Achaeans".[6]
Greek Original:
Χαιριδεῖς: ἀπὸ τοῦ Χαίριδος πεπαιδευμένοι. ἢ μελετῶντες. Χαῖρις δὲ αὐλητὴς Θηβαῖος ἄμουσος. οὕτω δὲ λέγουσιν Ἀττικοὶ ἀπὸ τοῦ Χαίριδος Χαιριδεῖς καὶ ἀπὸ τῆς περιστερᾶς περιστεριδεῖς. οὗτος δὲ ηὔλει ἐν ταῖς θυσίαις. ἦν δὲ κιθαρῳδός. Ἀριστοφάνης: ἢν Χαῖρις ὑμᾶς ἴδῃ, πρόσεισιν, αὐλήσων ἄκλητος. καὶ παροιμία: Χαῖρις ᾄδων ὄρθιον: ὄρθιος δὲ αὐλητικὸς νόμος, οὕτω καλούμενος οἷον εὔτονος καὶ ἀνάτασιν ἔχων. καὶ Ὅμηρος: ἔνθα στᾶσ' ἤϋσε θεὰ μέγα τε δεινόν τε ὄρθι' Ἀχαιοῖσι.
[1] cf. ps.-Zonaras s.v. Chairis.
[2] cf. pi 1302.
[3] cf. chi 172.
[4] Aristophanes, Peace 951-3 (web address 1); see also Acharnians 16 & 866 (web addresses 2 & 3) and Birds 858 (web address 4) and the corresponding scholia, which are compiled in the entry here.
[5] Appendix Proverbiorum 5.21. On the ὄρθιος [νόμος] see nu 478, omicron 574, omicron 575 and omicron 585 and the notes there.
[6] Homer, Iliad 11.10-11 (web address 5); already quoted in the same context in omicron 575, q.v.
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Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; geography; military affairs; meter and music; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 29 November 2007@13:53:46.
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