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Headword: Κοροπλάθοι
Adler number: kappa,2100
Translated headword: figurine-makers, modellers
Vetting Status: high
Those modelling boys in wax or in chalk;[1] that is, every kind of creature. Those preparing from clay short images of all creatures, with which it is customary to deceive small children -- this man is called a modeller.
Modellers is the name for those modelling girls or boys out of clay or wax or some such material.[2]
Greek Original:
Κοροπλάθοι: οἱ τοὺς κόρους πλάττοντες κηρῷ ἢ γύψῳ: τουτέστι τὰ ζῷα πάντα. οἱ κατασκευάζοντες εἴδωλα βραχέα ἐκ πηλοῦ πάντων ζῴων, οἷς ἐξαπατᾶσθαι τὰ παιδάρια εἴωθεν, οὗτος κοροπλάθος καλεῖται. Κοροπλάθους λέγουσι τοὺς ἐκ πηλοῦ τινος ἢ κηροῦ ἢ τοιαύτης τινὸς ὕλης πλάττοντας κόρας ἢ κούρους.
[1] Likewise in Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon (and Photius, Lexicon kappa974 Theodoridis); generated, presumably, by Plato, Theaetetus 147B, where the genitive plural of this noun occurs (web address 1). See also under omicron 397.
[2] From Harpokration s.v., commenting on the term in Isocrates 15.2 (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: art history; children; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; philosophy; rhetoric; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 January 2009@06:04:10.
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Catharine Roth (added links, set status) on 9 January 2009@18:39:49.
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