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Headword: Κρεμάθρα
Adler number: kappa,2370
Translated headword: hanger
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A particular kind of device up in the air, in which they put superfluous relishes. It has the name hanger because of its always being hung up in the air. Aristophanes introduces Socrates sitting on a hanger to raise a laugh, as [if he were] a stargazer.
Greek Original:
Κρεμάθρα: μετέωρόν τι κατασκεύασμα, ἐν ᾧ ἐτίθεσαν τὰ περιττεύοντα ὄψα. κρεμάθρα δὲ εἴρηται διὰ τὸ ἀεὶ κρεμαμένην μετέωρον εἶναι. εἰσάγει δὲ Ἀριστοφάνης τὸν Σωκράτην ἐπὶ κρεμάθρας καθήμενον γελοίου χάριν, ὡς μετεωρολέσχην.
Notes:
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Clouds 218 (web address 1).
'It seems most likely that Socrates is sitting comfortably in a sling formed by attaching a rope from each corner of a four-cornered mat to the hook on the end of a rope. To that extent we can speak of him as sitting in a basket' (Dover ad loc.).
For this headword cf. under epsilon 1898.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; food; science and technology; stagecraft
Translated by: David Whitehead on 14 December 2008@10:18:16.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 14 December 2008@22:52:08.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 15 December 2008@03:15:54.
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