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Headword: Καττύεται
Adler number: kappa,1127
Translated headword: is stitched together
Vetting Status: high
Standing for the [verb] is put together, is sewed together. Aristophanes [writes]: "I myself know [the place] from where, long since, this affair has been stitched together."[1] The metaphor [comes] from shoes.[2]
Greek Original:
Καττύεται: ἀντὶ τοῦ συντίθεται, συρράπτεται. Ἀριστοφάνης: οἶδ' ἐγὼ τὸ πρᾶγμα ταῦθ' ὅθεν πάλαι καττύεται. ἡ μεταφορὰ ἀπὸ τῶν ὑποδημάτων.
[1] Aristophanes, Knights 314 (web address 1: read τοῦθ' for the Suda's ταῦθ' ), with scholion; spoken by the "tanner" Kleon (kappa 1731).
[2] The Attic verb καττύω (LSJ. s.v. κασσύω ) is derived from καττύς , "piece of leather", and refers literally to putting together shoes. In Aristophanes it is used in a metaphor for a plot being put together. See also kappa 1128, and cf. kappa 1129.
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Keywords: biography; clothing; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; politics; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 13 October 2008@11:29:07.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, keywords) on 13 October 2008@14:13:03.
Catharine Roth (added link and cross-references, set status) on 13 October 2008@21:22:42.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 14 October 2008@06:13:51.
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