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Headword: Λαβαῖς
Adler number: lambda,3
Translated headword: with handles
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] with touchings, or with pretexts, or with blame.[1]
But [sc. also also attested is the phrase] "bi-mouthed handles", [meaning] the ears of the mixing-bowl, or those which have openings on both sides; or because these [handles] are on both sides of the mouth [of the jar]; or those which have some kind of animal faces on both sides. "Crown their [tops] and their bi-mouthed handles." That is crown the head of the bowls also.[2]
[Note] that Bagoas the Egyptian slew Okhos the Persian and ate his flesh, but the bones he made into handles of knives.[3]
And elsewhere: "handles of philosophy", [i.e.] arithmetic and geometry.[4]
Greek Original:
Λαβαῖς, ἐπαφαῖς, ἢ ἀφορμαῖς, ἢ μέμψεσι. Λαβὰς δὲ ἀμφιστόμους, τὰ ὦτα τοῦ κρατῆρος, ἤτοι τὰς ἀμφοτέρωθεν ἐστομωμένας: ἢ διὰ τὸ ἑκατέρωθεν τοῦ στόματος ταύτας εἶναι: ἢ τὰς πρόσωπά τινα θηρίων ἑκατέρωθεν ἐχούσας. ὧν κατέρεψον καὶ λαβὰς ἀμφιστόμους. τουτέστιν ἔρεψον καὶ τῶν κρατήρων τὴν κεφαλήν. ὅτι Βαγώας ὁ Αἰγύπτιος ἔσφαξεν Ὦχον τὸν Πέρσην καὶ τὰ μὲν κρέατα ἔφαγε, τὰ δὲ ὀστέα μαχαιρῶν εἰργάσατο λαβάς. καὶ αὖθις: λαβαὶ φιλοσοφίας, ἀριθμητικὴ καὶ γεωμετρική.
[1] The headword, a dative plural, appears with these or similar glosses in other lexica too (see the references at Photius lambda2 Theodoridis); it must be quoted from somewhere (but not lambda 226 = tau 1197).
[2] Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus 473 (web address 1), and scholion. The scholiast's gloss implies the reading κρᾶτ' ἔρεψον in preference to κατέρεψον .
[3] cf. alpha 3201, beta 15, omega 284.
[4] Summary version of an aphorism of Xenocrates (xi 42, xi 43) in Diogenes Laertius 4.10: music, geometry and astronomy proffer "handles" by which to grasp philosophy.
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Translated by: Catharine Roth on 31 October 2003@01:17:57.
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David Whitehead (supplied missing notes; augmented existing notes, and keywords; cosmetics) on 31 October 2003@03:09:23.
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