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Headword: Ἐγκυκλήθητι
Adler number: epsilon,132
Translated headword: have yourself rolled out
Vetting Status: high
"If you don't have leisure to come out, have yourself rolled out."[1] That is, have yourself wheeled out. And ekkyklema[2] is the name for a wooden [theatrical] machine, which had wheels. [This was] the device which, when it was turned around, used to display to the spectators the things which appeared [to be] inside, as if they were being done in the house. So he is saying: and [by doing this] you would become visible.
Greek Original:
Ἐγκυκλήθητι: εἰ μὴ σχολὴν ἔχεις κατελθεῖν, ἐγκυκλήθητι, τουτέστι συστράφηθι. ἐγκύκλημα δὲ λέγεται μηχάνημα ξύλινον, τροχοὺς ἔχον, ὅπερ περιστρεφόμενον τὰ δοκοῦντα ἔνδον ὡς ἐν οἰκίᾳ πράττεσθαι καὶ τοῖς θεαταῖς ἐδείκνυεν. λέγει οὖν, ὅτι κἂν φανερὸς γενοῦ.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Acharnians 408 (web address 1), where the headword (an aorist passive imperative, second person singular) occurs -- but as ἐκκυκλήθητ' . The Suda's ἐγκυκλήθητι (twice) would have to be from ἐγκυκλέομαι , which means "roll or rotate in the sockets" (LSJ s.v.). However, the entry is clearly referring to the theatrical device the ἐκκύκλημα , and the verb in question is the passive of ἐκκυκλέω .
[1] These words are presented as if delivered by a single character, bur wrongly. In the original, Euripides utters the phrase ἀλλ' οὐ σχολή and Dikaiopolis retorts with ἀλλ' ἐκκυκλήθητ' .
[2] Ἐκκύκλημα is the standard spelling; the variant given here, ἐγκύκλημα, is unknown to LSJ; cf. epsilon 699.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; science and technology; stagecraft; tragedy
Translated by: Elizabeth Vandiver on 10 October 2003@18:52:34.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference; cosmetics) on 10 October 2003@22:47:32.
David Whitehead (augmented note 2; added a keyword; cosmetics) on 11 October 2003@08:48:25.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added keyword) on 28 September 2005@20:07:07.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 26 July 2012@03:43:49.
David Whitehead (rearranged and expanded notes; another keyword; cosmetics) on 4 December 2015@09:50:12.
Catharine Roth (Greek typo) on 12 November 2016@20:13:36.


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