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Headword: Καλλίας πτερορρυεῖ
Adler number: kappa,215
Translated headword: Kallias is moulting
Vetting Status: high
Kallias is a butt of comedy for having lost all his money. For, as [someone] well-bred, he is being plucked by blackmail/sykophancy. The females are plucking out his feathers. For he became a poor man when he had spent his patrimony on whores.
Also [sc. attested is the lower-case noun] kallias,[1] [meaning] an ape. For the Attic-writers are in the habit of applying euphemisms to unattractive nouns. And so they named the ape a kallias. Dinarchus in the [speech] Against Pytheas [writes]: "no, I think, just like those rearing kalliai in their households."[2] That is, apes. And thus they also call the Erinyes Eumenides.[3]
Greek Original:
Καλλίας πτερορρυεῖ: κωμῳδεῖται Καλλίας ὡς ἀπολέσας πάντα τὰ χρήματα. ἅτε γὰρ ὢν γενναῖος ὑπὸ συκοφαντίας τίλλεται. αἵτε θήλειαι προσεκτίλλουσιν αὐτοῦ τὰ πτερά. πένης γὰρ ἐγένετο τὰ πατρῷα καταναλώσας εἰς πόρνας. καὶ Καλλίου, πιθήκου. τὰ δυσχερῆ γὰρ τῶν ὀνομάτων εὐφημότερον εἰώθασιν οἱ Ἀττικοὶ προφέρεσθαι. καὶ τὸν πίθηκον οὖν καλλίαν προσηγόρευσαν. Δείναρχος ἐν τῷ κατὰ Πυθέου: ἀλλ', οἶμαι, ὥσπερ οἱ τοὺς καλλίας ἐν τοῖς οἴκοις τρέφοντες. τουτέστι πιθήκους. οὕτω δὲ καὶ τὰς Ἐριννύας Εὐμενίδας λέγουσιν.
The headword phrase is abridged from Aristophanes, Birds 284 (web address 1), and the main part of the entry draws on the scholia there. This Kallias, thrice married, is the son of kappa 214 (q.v.); see J.K. Davies, Athenian Propertied Families 600-300 BC (Oxford 1971) 263-8.
[1] Here in the genitive case, evidently quoted from somewhere.
[2] Dinarchus fr.VI.7.
[3] cf. alpha 1053.
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Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; mythology; religion; rhetoric; women; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 March 2008@07:32:18.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, link, status) on 7 March 2008@11:20:40.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented primary note) on 9 March 2008@04:43:41.
David Whitehead on 24 January 2013@08:37:51.


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