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Headword: Γαμηλία
Adler number: gamma,48
Translated headword: wedding-feast
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the one given for the phratry-members at marriages. Or [the one associated with] the introduction of wives to the phratry-members. So Didymus the grammarian.[1] And [there is] a saying.[2]
To bring in a wedding-feast: whenever someone married a wife [and] before a child was produced, this man testified about the marriage in accordance with the marriages[3] by providing something for his phratry-members by way of festivity. And this is "bringing in a wedding-feast". Demosthenes mentions the term in his speech Against Euboulides, when he says "and there has been testimony that my father married [my mother] in accordance with the laws and brought in a wedding-feast for the phratry-members".[4]
Greek Original:
Γαμηλία: ἡ διδομένη τοῖς φράτορσιν ἐπὶ γάμοις. ἢ τῶν γυναικῶν ἡ εἰς τοὺς φράτορας εἰσαγωγή. οὕτως Δίδυμος ὁ γραμματικός. καὶ παροιμία. Γαμηλίαν εἰσενεγκεῖν. ὅταν τις ἠγάγετο γυναῖκα, πρὶν γενέσθαι παῖδα, οὗτος μαρτυρόμενος περὶ τοῦ γάμου κατὰ τοὺς γάμους ἀπεδίδου τι τοῖς φράτορσιν εἰς λόγον εὐωχίας. καὶ τοῦτό ἐστι γαμηλία εἰσενεγκεῖν. μέμνηται τοῦ λόγου Δημοσθένης ἐν τῷ πρὸς Εὐβουλίδην λόγῳ: καὶ γὰρ ὅτι ὁ πατήρ μου κατὰ τοὺς νόμους ἔγημε καὶ γαμηλίαν τοῖς φράτορσιν εἰσενήνοχε, μεμαρτύρηται.
[1] Didymus pp.315 and 320 Schmidt (i.e. he is the source, as the equivalent entry in Harpokration shows, of both of these definitions).
[2] On Adler's punctuation, no such saying is cited, and one would have to regard these words as an intrusion from somewhere else. Alternatively, 'to bring in a wedding-feast' is the 'saying' referred to.
[3] Given the Demosthenic passage which follows, this is a slip for "in accordance with the laws".
[4] Demosthenes 57.43, here loosely quoted.
Keywords: children; constitution; daily life; definition; food; gender and sexuality; law; proverbs; rhetoric; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 October 2000@07:30:23.
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