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Headword: Καλοί
Adler number: kappa,265
Translated headword: beautiful [youths]
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes [writes]: "they[1] used to write on the walls: Athenians [are] beautiful[2]". It was a peculiarity of lovers to write the names of their beloveds on walls or trees or leaves of trees, thus: So-and-so [is] beautiful.
Greek Original:
Καλοί: Ἀριστοφάνης: ἐν τοῖσι τοίχοις ἔγραφον: Ἀθηναίοις καλός. ἴδιον ἐραστῶν ἦν τὸ τὰ τῶν ἐρωμένων ὀνόματα γράφειν ἐν τοῖς τοίχοις ἢ δένδροις ἢ φύλλοις δένδρων, οὕτως: ὁ δεῖνα καλός.
An approximation of Aristophanes, Acharnians 144 (where this practice is mentioned: web address 1), with comment from the scholia there; cf. omicron 34, and see generally LSJ s.v. καλός , 2.
[1] 'He' in Aristophanes.
[2] Nonsensical dative plural here, for Aristophanes' nominative plural; and ungrammatical singular καλός (for what should be καλοί ).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; comedy; daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 December 2003@05:22:34.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 23 December 2003@12:31:16.
David Whitehead (augmented primary note) on 11 July 2004@06:40:40.
David Whitehead on 25 January 2013@07:06:08.


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