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Headword: Κηροῦ εὐπλαστότερος
Adler number: kappa,1537
Translated headword: more malleable than wax
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who do something easily.[1]
"Asclepiodotus had an enthusiasm for the chromatic and diatonic kind of music:[2] so he made his voice and the related organs of nature more malleable than wax and trained them for what he wished. And the usefulness was present, so that he could imitate the sounds of all kind of animals and of other noises."[3]
Greek Original:
Κηροῦ εὐπλαστότερος: ἐπὶ τῶν ῥᾳδίως τι ποιούντων. τῷ δὲ Ἀσκληπιοδότῳ σπουδὴ ἦν εἰς τὸ χρωματικὸν καὶ διατονικὸν εἶδος τῆς μουσικῆς: ὥστε τὴν ἑαυτοῦ φωνὴν καὶ τὰ περὶ αὐτὴν ὄργανα τῆς φύσεως εὐπλαστότερα κηροῦ διετίθετο καὶ μετερρύθμιζεν ἐς ὅ τι ἠβούλετο, καὶ ἡ χρεία παρῆν: ὥστε καὶ ζῴων ἁπάντων μιμεῖσθαι καὶ τῶν ἄλλων κτύπων τὰς ἀπηχήσεις.
Notes:
[1] Same glossing in Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon. The headword phrase (with its comparative of the adjective εὔπλαστος ) is almost certainly quoted from Plato, Republic 588D (accusative case there: web address 1). Similar entry in Gregory of Cyprus, Proverbs 4.2; see generally Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.1375; and again under pi 1693.
[2] On chromatic and diatonic scales, see chi 538.
[3] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 198 Zintzen (127 Asmus). For Asclepiodotus, see alpha 4174 and other entries referenced there.
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Keywords: biography; daily life; ethics; imagery; medicine; meter and music; philosophy; proverbs; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 17 November 2008@20:00:25.
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