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Headword: Κάττυμα
Adler number: kappa,1129
Translated headword: stitched-leather
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] deceit, trickery.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "[Kleon,] whom one day I shall personally flay to make sandals for the knights." But kattymata are strong and hard pieces of leather, which are placed under sandals and other footwear.[2]
Greek Original:
Κάττυμα: ἀπάτη, δόλος. Ἀριστοφάνης: ὃν ἐγὼ κατατεμῶ τοῖς ἱππεῦσιν εἰς καττύματα. καττύματα δέ ἐστι δέρματά τινα ἰσχυρὰ καὶ σκληρά, ἅπερ τοῖς σανδαλίοις καὶ τοῖς ἄλλοις ὑποδήμασιν ὑποβάλλεται.
Notes:
[1] Same entry in Photius, the Lexica Segueriana, and Hesychius.
[2] Aristophanes, Acharnians 301 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. kappa 817. For Kleon see kappa 1731. The scholiast is appealing to the metaphorical sense of the related verb καττύω (kappa 1127, kappa 1128); but in this passage "stitched leather" (i.e. shoe soles) is being used literally (following the definition the Suda gives immediately below).
For a figurative use of the word, to mean "cobbled together" (music: LSJ s.v. κάσσυμα ), see ps.-Plutarch, De musica 1138B (where Ziegler in the Teubner Moralia -- the edition used by TLG -- emends to the unparalleled κατατύμματα ; his predecessor Wyttenbach retained καττύματα ). However, this is not the sense appealed to here.
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Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 13 October 2008@12:28:57.
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