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Headword: Λεώκριτος
Adler number: lambda,264
Translated headword: Leokritos, Leocritus
Vetting Status: high
"If anyone were to wing [K]leokritos with Kinesias, and the winds were to bear [them] over the sea's plain." Comedy makes fun of Kinesias for being very slender and for being an alien and a toady. Mention was made of the two of them as being like-minded. Or because Kinesias was slender, and [K]leokritos a scoundrel. So he is saying that if anyone were to encompass Kinesias with [K]leokritos instead of wings, so that they were carried in mid air, the outcome will be their death once they are airborne.
Greek Original:
Λεώκριτος. εἴ τις πτερώσας Λεώκριτον Κινησίᾳ, αἴροιεν αὖραι πελαγίαν ὑπὲρ πλάκα. ὡς λεπτὸς ὢν σφόδρα ὁ Κινησίας κωμῳδεῖται καὶ ὡς ξένος καὶ ὡς κόλαξ. ἐμνήσθη δὲ τῶν δύο ὡς ὁμοφρονούντων. ἢ ὅτι ὁ Κινησίας λεπτὸς ἦν, ὁ δὲ Λεώκριτος μοχθηρός. φησὶν οὖν, ὅτι, εἰ τις ἀντὶ πτερῶν Λεωκρίτῳ Κινησίαν περιβάλοι, ὥστε φέρεσθαι μεταρσίους, συμβήσεται αὐτοὺς ὀλέσθαι ἀεροφορήτους γενομένους.
Aristophanes, Frogs 1437-38 (web address 1), with scholion.
For Kleokritos (sic) cf. kappa 1721; for Kinesias cf. kappa 1639.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; ethics; imagery; medicine
Translated by: David Whitehead on 21 January 2007@10:41:34.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link and keyword, set status) on 22 January 2007@01:04:20.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 22 January 2007@03:14:17.
David Whitehead on 4 April 2013@09:33:46.


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