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Headword: Λυδὸς ἐν μεσημβρίᾳ παίζει
Adler number: lambda,787
Translated headword: a Lydian is playing at noon
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to licentious men; those being the times for licentious behaviour. For the Lydians are a comic target because they satisfy their genital urges with their own hands. This proverb [is] like the [one that goes] "a goatherd in the heat". Because at such times goatherds are licentious.
Greek Original:
Λυδὸς ἐν μεσημβρίᾳ παίζει: ἐπὶ τῶν ἀκολάστων: ὡς ταύταις ταῖς ὥραις ἀκολασταινόντων. οἱ γὰρ Λυδοὶ κωμῳδοῦνται ταῖς χερσὶν αὑτῶν πληροῦντες τὰ ἀφροδίσια. ἡ δὲ παροιμία αὕτη ὁμοία τῇ αἰπόλος ἐν καύματι. ἐπειδὴ ἐν ταῖς τοιαύταις ὥραις οἱ αἰπόλοι ἀκολασταίνουσι.
(For Lydia see lambda 783.) The headword phrase comes from Attic comedy: Comica adespota fr. 720 Kock, now 944 K.-A.
cf. delta 89 (on "datism"), and see generally J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 220-1 #489.
Keywords: agriculture; comedy; daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 September 2001@07:35:22.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 22 November 2003@22:29:33.
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