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Headword: Ἱππόπορνε
Adler number: iota,575
Translated headword: horse-whore
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Instead of 'super-whore'; [sc. used] rarely.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "and they say that Kallias the son of Hippofuckus fought at sea swathed in a lionskin of cunt-hair".[2] He made, on account of his licentiousness, a punning transformation of 'Hipponikos' to imply that he was whore-crazy. They employ 'horse' frequently in place of 'big': 'horse-whore'.[3] Kallias is lampooned continually as having frittered away his inherited wealth[4] and as being extremely crazy for women. [Aristophanes] coins all manner of words in reference to his decadence.
Greek Original:
Ἱππόπορνε: ἀντὶ τοῦ μεγαλόπορνε: σπανίως. Ἀριστοφάνης: καὶ Καλλίαν γέ φασι τὸν Ἱπποβίνου κύσθου λεοντῆν ναυμαχεῖν ἐνημμένον. παρεγραμμάτισε διὰ τὴν ἀσέλγειαν παρὰ τὸ Ἱππονίκου εἰς πορνομανῆ. τὸ δὲ ἵππος πολλαχοῦ ἐπὶ τοῦ μεγάλου λαμβάνουσιν: ἱππόπορνε. κωμῳδεῖται δὲ ὁ Καλλίας πανταχοῦ, ὡς σπαθῶν τὴν πατρικὴν οὐσίαν καὶ μάλιστα ἐπὶ γυναιξὶ μεμηνώς. ὀνοματοποιεῖ δὲ πάντα πρὸς μαλακίαν αὐτοῦ.
Notes:
[1] Likewise in Photius, Lexicon iota186. (Headword and gloss are vocative singulars.) The headword is taken by Theodoridis to be quoted from Menander, Theophoroumene 19; this supersedes Comica adespota fr. 1021 Kock (not in K.-A.), drawn from the present entry and the associated Aristophanic scholion: see below.
[2] Aristophanes, Frogs 428-430 (web address 1), followed by comment from the scholia there.
[3] (See also iota 571.) The quotation from Aristophanes does not employ the headword, but the lexicographer's train of thought is perhaps as follows: Aristophanes' joke name for Hipponikos is Hippobinos, translated here as 'Hippofuckus'. This name contains the element 'hipp-' which literally means 'horse' but which, in words like the headword, 'horse-whore', can simply connote 'big'.
[4] cf. kappa 215.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; clothing; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; history; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 10 November 2002@11:14:53.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 11 November 2002@06:15:06.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 4 December 2005@09:17:03.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 11 June 2006@07:33:37.
David Whitehead (another note; cosmetics; raised status) on 14 January 2013@08:08:25.
David Whitehead (tweaked n.1) on 29 December 2014@06:36:51.
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