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Headword: Λοῦτρον
Adler number: lambda,693
Translated headword: wash-water
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the wash-off, the filthy [water], that which has been washed off. "And the wash-water out of the baths is drunk."[1]
Procopius [writes]: "he bade the bath to be ready, for he wanted to take a bath there on the next day."[2]
[It is said that] Helladius the Alexandrian, a grammarian who lived under Emperor Theodosius the Second, wrote [a work entitled] Description of the Bathing-Place of the Constantinian Baths.[3]
Greek Original:
Λοῦτρον: τὸ ἀπόλουμα, τὸ ῥυπαρόν, τὸ ἀπόλουτρον. κἀκ τῶν βαλανείων πίεται τὸ λοῦτρον. Προκόπιος: τὸ βαλανεῖον ἐν παρασκευῇ ἐκέλευε γενέσθαι: λοῦσθαι γάρ οἱ ἐνταῦθα τῇ ὑστεραίᾳ βουλομένῳ εἶναι. ὅτι Ἑλλάδιος, Ἀλεξανδρεύς, γραμματικός, γεγονὼς κατὰ τὸν βασιλέα Θεοδόσιον τὸν μικρὸν ἔγραψεν Ἔκφρασιν τοῦ λούτρου Κωνσταντιανῶν.
cf. generally lambda 692, lambda 694.
[1] Aristophanes, Knights 1401, with the glossing of the scholia there. The mss of both Aristophanes and the Suda (and, later still, Eustathius, Commentarii ad Homeri Iliadem 3 p.784 van der Walk) do transmit the headword as λοῦτρον ; however, as that would be unmetrical in the Aristophanic line, the emendation to λούτριον proposed by Peter Elmsley (1773-1825) has been universally accepted; cf. LSJ s.v.
[2] Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 1.13.17.
[3] From epsilon 732 (q.v.).
M. van der Valk. 1971-1987. Eustathii archiepiscopi Thessalonicensis commentarii ad Homeri Iliadem pertinentes. vols. 1-4. Leiden: Brill.
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Translated by: Abram Ring on 6 May 2009@16:37:09.
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Catharine Roth (tweaks, keywords, status) on 6 May 2009@18:34:16.
David Whitehead (modified and expanded n.2; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 7 May 2009@03:41:47.
David Whitehead (rearranged and tweaked notes) on 22 April 2013@05:13:35.


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