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Headword: Κατάληψις
Adler number: kappa,622
Translated headword: grasping, cognition
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] knowledge. Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "[the celestial clouds give us] circumlocution and chicanery and cognition". He said this in a musical sense. For they speak of grasping [κατάληψις ], when they lay hold of the strings with the plectrum or with the fingers, so as to stretch out the sound.
Greek Original:
Κατάληψις: γνῶσις. Ἀριστοφάνης Νεφέλαις: καὶ περίλεξιν καὶ κροῦσιν καὶ κατάληψιν. μουσικῶς δὲ ταῦτα εἶπε. λέγουσι γὰρ κατάληψιν, ἐπειδὰν καταλάβωσι τῷ πλήκτρῳ ἢ τοῖς δακτύλοις τὰς χορδὰς πλήξαντες, ὡς καὶ ἀποτείνεσθαι τὸν φθόγγον.
Aristophanes, Clouds 318 (web address 1), with scholion.
See also kappa 623.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; imagery; meter and music
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 3 January 2007@21:23:50.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation; added notes, link, and keywords; set status) on 3 January 2007@22:16:36.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 4 January 2007@03:15:03.
David Whitehead on 1 February 2013@10:16:50.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 1 February 2013@21:02:02.


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