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Headword: Ἰλλυριοί
Adler number: iota,327
Translated headword: Illyrians
Vetting Status: high
[They are] Thracian barbarians, but some say that they are from Persia. And Aristophanes says: "screeching Illyrians." Meaning that they make a certain kind of vocal sound. They are "screeching" because of the unintelligibility of their voices. For κρίγη [screech] [is] the grating sound that people who are dying make with their teeth.
Greek Original:
Ἰλλυριοί: βάρβαροι Θρᾳκικοί, οἱ δὲ Περσίδος αὐτούς φασιν. καί φησιν Ἀριστοφάνης: Ἰλλυριοὶ κεκριγότες. ἀντὶ τοῦ ποιὰν φωνὴν ἀποτελοῦντες. κεκριγότες οὖν διὰ τὴν ἀσάφειαν τῆς φωνῆς αὐτῶν. κρίγη γὰρ ὁ τῶν ἀποθνησκόντων τρισμὸς τοῖς ὀδοῦσι γινόμενος.
Aristophanes, Birds 1521 (web address 1), and scholion; cf. kappa 1267.
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Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; medicine
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 18 December 2005@23:07:12.
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David Whitehead (x-ref; cosmetics) on 19 December 2005@03:23:12.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 20 December 2005@00:30:17.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 11 January 2013@05:06:21.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 12 January 2013@23:49:31.


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