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Headword: Λορδουμένη
Adler number: lambda,680
Translated headword: arching backwards
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Procopius says [this] about Theodora the wife of Justinian: "she [often] undressed and stood among the mimes, both arching backwards and thrusting out her hindquarters".[1] Like κεκαμμένη ["bent"].[2]
Greek Original:
Λορδουμένη: φησὶ Προκόπιος περὶ Θεοδώρας τῆς Ἰουστινιανοῦ γαμετῆς: ἀποδυσαμένη ξὺν τοῖς μίμοις ἐν μέσῳ εἱστήκει, λορδουμένη τε καὶ τὰ ὀπίσω ἀποκοντῶσα. οἷον κεκαμμένη.
Notes:
The headword, presumably extracted from the quotation given, is present middle participle, feminine nominative singular, of the verb λορδόω , for which see also lambda 681. (cf. also lambda 678, lambda 679.) Beginning -- as attested -- in Attic Comedy, the verb "refers to a position in which the woman bends backwards and thrusts her hips forwards" (Henderson 178-181, at 178). It is the opposite of κύπτω .
[1] Procopius, Secret History 9.23 (where the present reading ἀποκοντῶσα , 'thrusting out', makes better sense than the variant ἀποκεντῶσα , 'penetrating').
[2] cf. lambda 679.
Reference:
J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975)
Keywords: biography; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; historiography; stagecraft; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 October 2005@11:57:46.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added keyword, set status) on 4 October 2005@12:07:37.
Catharine Roth (modified translation) on 4 October 2005@14:46:39.
David Whitehead (tweaked headword and tr; expanded notes; cosmetics) on 5 October 2005@03:29:21.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 22 April 2013@04:15:20.

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