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Headword: Λέσχη
Adler number: lambda,309
Translated headword: lounging, lounge; conversation
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] socialising a lot, prattle. In the old days leschai was the name for the seats and places in which men were accustomed to congregate and philosophize. So says, too, Hierocles in [book] 1 of Philosophical Subjects.[1]
Herodotus [writes]: "and yet when a conversation had taken place, [sc. about] which of them was the best."[2]
"I remembered, how many times we had both let the sun set in conversation. But though you, Halicarnassian guest, [are] long, long ago dust, your nightingales live on".[3]
In Hesiod a lesche [is] a kiln.[4]
Greek Original:
Λέσχη: πολλὴ ὁμιλία, φλυαρία. τὸ δὲ παλαιὸν αἱ καθέδραι καὶ οἱ τόποι, ἐν οἷς εἰώθεσαν ἀθροιζόμενοι φιλοσοφεῖν, λέσχαι ἐκαλοῦντο. οὕτω φησὶ καὶ Ἱεροκλῆς ἐν α# Φιλοσοφουμένων. Ἡρόδοτος: καίτοι γενομένης λέσχης, ὃς γένοιτο αὐτῶν ἄριστος. ἐμνήσθην, ὁσάκις ἀμφότεροι ἥλιον ἐν λέσχῃ κατεδύσαμεν. ἀλλὰ σὺ μέν που, ξεῖν' Ἁλικαρνησεῦ, τετράπαλαι σποδίη: αἱ δὲ τεαὶ ζώουσιν ἀηδόνες. Λέσχη δὲ παρὰ Ἡσιόδῳ ἡ κάμινος.
For this headword see already lambda 308; and cf. lambda 310.
[1] (Hierocles fr.2 von Arnim.) Same or similar material in other lexica: see the references at Photius lambda210 Theodoridis.
[2] Herodotus 9.71.3, on brave Spartans in Persian-War battles (web address 1).
[3] From Callimachus' famous epitaph for Heraclitus of Ephesus (eta 472): Greek Anthology 7.80 (Diogenes Laertius 9.17), lines 2-5.
[4] Hesiod, Works and Days 493 (web address 2), here wrongly interpreted. (For kiln, see kappa 284.)
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Keywords: chronology; daily life; definition; historiography; imagery; military affairs; philosophy; poetry
Translated by: David Whitehead on 31 March 2009@04:59:32.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added links and keyword, set status) on 31 March 2009@11:52:42.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 1 April 2009@03:24:58.
David Whitehead on 15 April 2013@06:57:52.


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