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Headword: Λάγυνος
Adler number: lambda,33
Translated headword: flask, flagon
Vetting Status: high
"Lie there straightway for the Cyprian,[1] o drunken-stumbling flask, now dedicated, cousin of the nectar-sweet Bacchic goblet, moist-voiced, fellow banqueter at the fairly-distributed feast[2], narrow-necked one, daughter of the sharing token,[3] self-taught servant to mortals, sweetest initiator of lovers, readiest utensil of dinners."
Greek Original:
Λάγυνος: Κύπριδι κεῖσο, λάγυνε μεθυσφαλές, αὐτίκα δῶρον, κασιγνήτη νεκταρέης κύλικος βακχείας, ὑγρόφθογγε, συνέστιε δαιτὸς ἐί̈σης, στειναύχην, ψήφου συμβολικῆς θύγατερ, θνητοῖς αὐτοδίδακτε διήκονε, μύστι φιλούντων ἡδίστη, δείπνων ὅπλον ἑτοιμότατον.
For this headword see already lambda 32.
The present entry consists entirely of a poetic extract which uses it (in the vocative case): Marcus Argentarius in Greek Anthology 6.248.1-6. For this Augustan rhetorican and epigrammatist see Gow and Page 2.166-67 (in the bibliography below) or, more briefly, OCD(4) p.148.
[1] Aphrodite, born in the sea off Cyprus (kappa 2738). See the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.
[2] An Homeric formula (delta 128).
[3] This unparalleled and enigmatic expression seems (according to Gow and Page, 2. 178) to refer to the token (or pebble) that indicated the holder had contributed to the viands at a feast; in this boozy epigram, a bottle of wine. Argentarius has two other epigrams out of his 35 in the Anthology addressed to his wine bottle: 9.229 and 9.246.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, The Greek Anthology, Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, 2 vols., Cambridge, 1968
Keywords: daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; gender and sexuality; geography; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Oliver Phillips ✝ on 27 July 2004@22:37:55.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; modified keywords; cosmetics) on 28 July 2004@04:01:10.
Ross Scaife ✝ (fixed cross-reference to lambda 32 (had said 33)) on 29 July 2004@10:44:02.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 27 March 2013@06:00:33.
David Whitehead on 4 August 2014@11:36:13.
David Whitehead (coding; updated a ref) on 16 May 2016@06:13:20.


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