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Headword: Ἠπεροπεύειν
Adler number: eta,426
Translated headword: to hoodwink
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to deceive.[1]
[Meaning] to defraud, and [to do] the things associated with that. Aristophanes [writes]: "it is your task with it to roast and turn and hoodwink [...] and afford him everything, except the things the cup knows." He is speaking about Kinesias, [saying] that he was fixated on copulation: [sc. so the phrase means] except the things we swore on the cup not to do. That is, to copulate. It is an oath relating to the cup:[2] "never shall I willingly comply with my husband;" nor "if he forces me by force against my will, I shall be a bad provider and shall not move myself."[3]
Greek Original:
Ἠπεροπεύειν: ἐξαπατᾶν. παραλογίζεσθαι, καὶ τὰ τούτοις ἐπακολουθοῦντα. Ἀριστοφάνης: σὸν ἔργον ἐστὶ τοῦτ' ὀπτᾶν καὶ τρέφειν κἐξηπεροπεύειν καὶ πάνθ' ὑπέχειν, πλὴν ὧν σύνοιδεν ἡ κύλιξ. περὶ Κινησίου φησίν, ὅτι κατωφερὴς ἦν εἰς συνουσίαν: πλὴν ὧν συνωμοσάμεθα μὴ ποιεῖν ἐπὶ τῆς κύλικος. τουτέστι συνουσιάζειν. ἔστι δὲ ὅρκος ὁ ἐπὶ τῆς κύλικος: οὐδέποθ' ἑκοῦσα τἀνδρὶ τῷ 'μῷ πείσομαι. οὐδέ μ' ἄκουσαν βιάσεται βίαν, κακῶς παρέξω κοὐχὶ προσκινήσομαι.
See also eta 427.
[1] From the scholia to Homer, Iliad 3.399, where this present infinitive occurs.
[2] An approximation of Aristophanes, Lysistrata 839-41 (read "him" for the present "it", and "torture" for "turn"), with scholion; cf. kappa 2666. (The oaths by the cup, kylix, have been taken at lines 194-237 of the play.)
[3] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 223-8 (without the repetition); cf. pi 2730.
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; religion; stagecraft; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 October 2006@08:37:12.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 15 October 2006@16:22:54.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 16 October 2006@03:14:53.
David Whitehead on 18 December 2012@07:03:18.


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