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Headword: Λαισποδίας τὴν φύσιν
Adler number: lambda,200
Translated headword: a natural Laispodias
Vetting Status: high
Meaning that he has a diseased shin. For Laispodias and Damasias used to be ridiculed for being bad-shinned. Thucydides in [book] 8 says that this Laispodias was also a general.[1] He was also litigious. He also had certain things wrong with his shins, for which reason he used to wear his cloak [wrapped] round his legs. Alternatively, according to the dictionary of Ixion, [the headword means someone] of unrestrained sexual appetite, leading him to fuck [spodein] even farm-animals.
Greek Original:
Λαισποδίας τὴν φύσιν: ἀντὶ τοῦ τὴν κνήμην ἔχει σαπράν: Λαισποδίας γὰρ καὶ Δαμασίας ὡς κακόκνημοι διεβάλλοντο. τοῦτον δὲ τὸν Λαισποδίαν καὶ στρατηγῆσαί φησι Θουκυδίδης ἐν τῇ η#. ἦν δὲ καὶ φιλόδικος. εἶχε δὲ καὶ περὶ τὰς κνήμας αἰτίας τινάς: διὸ καὶ κατὰ σκελῶν ἐφόρει τὸ ἱμάτιον. ἢ ὡς Ἰξίων ἐν ταῖς λέξεσιν ὁ ἀκρατὴς περὶ τὰ ἀφροδίσια ὥστε καὶ κτήνη σποδεῖν.
The headword phrase quotes Aristophanes, Birds 1569 ("are you a natural Laispodias?"; web address 1), and comment from the scholia there follows.
[1] See Thucydides 6.105.2 (web address 2) for Laispodias as one of the ten Athenian generals of the year 414/13 BCE. In book '8' (i.e. 8.86.9) he is attested as an envoy three years later: web address 3.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: biography; clothing; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; historiography; history; law; medicine; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 July 2001@09:23:02.
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Elizabeth Vandiver (Added links; cosmetics; set status) on 29 October 2003@18:01:44.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 30 October 2003@03:33:06.
David Whitehead on 4 April 2013@06:01:28.


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