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Headword: Λίθων ποτίμων
Adler number: lambda,528
Translated headword: of drinking stones, of porous stones
Vetting Status: high
Perhaps he[1] is speaking of poroi, which become stronger by drinking the water; alternatively, of [stones] which consume the flesh of the bodies placed on them.[2]
Greek Original:
Λίθων ποτίμων: μήποτε τῶν πώρων λέγει, οἳ πίνοντες τὸ ὕδωρ ἰσχυρότεροι γίνονται: ἢ τῶν τὴν σάρκα τῶν ἐντιθεμένων καταναλισκόντων σωμάτων.
Same entry in Photius lambda306 Theodoridis.
[1] Plato, Laws 12.947D (on the construction of a tomb for a Scrutineer), where in fact the reading is in doubt: ποτίμων , as here (and in Photius), or προτίμων ("superior, choice"). See web address 1.
[2] As already indicated in the headword, the obvious translation of λίθων ποτίμων -- taking that to be the correct reading -- is "of porous stones". But πῶρος (pi 2181), mentioned here, was in fact a broadbrush term for ordinary, locally-available stones, usually limestone. See generally R.E. Wycherley, The Stones of Athens (Princeton 1978) 270-2.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: food; imagery; law; philosophy; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 September 2001@05:34:10.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 18 November 2003@00:46:12.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 18 November 2003@03:11:22.
Catharine Roth (fixed link) on 23 August 2011@01:48:35.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 23 August 2011@03:33:42.
David Whitehead on 18 April 2013@09:25:04.


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