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Headword: Κυαμοτρώξ
Adler number: kappa,2578
Translated headword: bean-chewer, bean-muncher
Vetting Status: high
[]Meaning] a juror, sustained by beans; for before the discovery of pebbles[1] they used to use beans in the votes for officials and in the assemblies.[2] So it was as if those casting votes were taking money and raising their hands to vote the givers more. And elsewhere: "no Attic bean-chewer is judging these men."[3]
Greek Original:
Κυαμοτρώξ: ὁ δικαστής, τρεφόμενος ὑπὸ κυάμων: πρὸ γὰρ τῆς εὑρέσεως τῶν ψήφων κυάμοις ἐχρῶντο ἐν ταῖς χειροτονίαις τῶν ἀρχόντων καὶ ἐν ταῖς ἐκκλησίαις. ὡς οὖν τῶν ψηφιζόντων ἀργύριον λαμβανόντων καὶ χειροτονούντων τοὺς διδόντας πλέον. καὶ αὖθις: κρινεῖ δὲ τούτους οὐ κυαμοτρὼξ Ἀττικός.
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 41 (web address 1), where the headword occurs (in reference to Demos, the personified Athenian People); cf. already kappa 2577.
[1] That is, before it occurred to anyone to use pebbles for this purpose. But see next note.
[2] Unlikely: see delta 837, phi 756.
[3] Quotation not identified by Adler but identifiable via the TLG as Paulus Silentiarius (a Christian poet of the C6 CE), Descriptio Sanctae Sophiae, line 125.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; Christianity; chronology; comedy; definition; food; history; law; poetry; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 30 November 2001@04:54:59.
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Elizabeth Vandiver (Added link; set status) on 3 October 2003@14:32:53.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 4 October 2003@09:20:56.
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