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Headword: Ἴσθμια
Adler number: iota,638
Translated headword: neck-ornaments
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] collars, necklaces, gorgets.[1]
[Some of the] Greeks' festivals are also called [this].[2]
And [there is] a proverbial expression: ἰσθμιάζειν ["to attend the Isthmian Games"], [used] in reference to those who have a bad life-style. For the time of the Isthmian Games [is] unhealthy.[3]
[Also attested is the phrase] Ἴσθμιον ἀμφιφορῆ ["Isthmian amphora"], [meaning] the neck of the pot, [so called] because of its being narrow.[4]
Greek Original:
Ἴσθμια: περιστόμια, περιδέραια, περιτραχήλια. λέγονται δὲ καὶ ἑορταὶ Ἑλλήνων. καὶ παροιμία: Ἰσθμιάζειν, ἐπὶ τῶν κακῶς βιούντων. ἐπίνοσος γὰρ ὁ τῶν Ἰσθμίων καιρός. Ἴσθμιον ἀμφιφορῆ, ὁ τράχηλος τοῦ κεράμου, διὰ τὸ στενὸς εἶναι.
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica, and cf. a scholion on Homer, Odyssey 18.299, where the neuter plural headword occurs (web address 1).
[2] Also in other lexica; and cf. iota 639, nu 150, omicron 215.
[3] Not in the paroemiographers, but cf. Hesychius iota923 s.v. ἰσθμιάσαι .
[4] "Poet.ap.Suid.": LSJ s.v. ἴσθμιον , II), tacitly printing Johann Pierson's conjecture ἀμφιφορῆος (noted but not adopted by Adler). Compare generally iota 640.
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Translated by: Catharine Roth on 13 June 2006@00:12:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 13 June 2006@03:43:21.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; tweaking) on 15 January 2013@07:05:47.
David Whitehead on 15 January 2013@07:06:37.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 19 January 2013@19:47:37.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 27 April 2016@05:51:16.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 17 February 2019@01:59:32.


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