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Headword: Λέπρεος
Adler number: lambda,289
Translated headword: Lepreos, Lepreus
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes [writes]: "I abominate Lepreos because of Melanthios." This man had leprosy, but he was also ridiculed in comedy for being soft. In addition he was a criminal, a gourmet, and a gossip. [Aristophanes writes]: "by god, even without seeing it I abominate Lepreos because of Melanthios."
Greek Original:
Λέπρεος: Ἀριστοφάνης: βδελύττομαι τὸν Λέπρεον ἀπὸ Μελανθίου. οὗτος εἶχε λέπραν, ἐκωμῳδεῖτο δὲ καὶ εἰς μαλακίαν. ἦν δὲ καὶ κακοπράγμων καὶ ὀψοφάγος καὶ λάλος. νὴ τὸν θεόν, ὃς οὐκ ἰδὼν βδελύττομαι τὸν Λέπρεον ἀπὸ Μελανθίου.
Aristophanes, Birds 150-1 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there. See already lambda 288.
On this Melanthios -- who was also a tragic poet -- see Dunbar ad loc.
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; ethics; food; geography; medicine; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 July 2001@07:55:51.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added link; added italics; cosmetics; set status) on 1 November 2003@21:40:27.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords) on 2 November 2003@05:38:06.
David Whitehead on 5 April 2013@05:40:26.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 5 April 2013@22:28:13.


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