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Headword: Λάμια
Adler number: lambda,85
Translated headword: lamia
Vetting Status: high
A [sc. kind of] wild beast. [So called] from having a large neck [laimos], [i.e.] laimia and lamia. Aristophanes [writes]: "he had the smell of a seal, and lamia's unwashed testicles." For the testicles [are] active. He is creating an image of lamia's testicles; for [the creature is] female.[1] Also [sc. attested is] Lamos, a city of [the] Laestrygonians.[2]
Greek Original:
Λάμια: θηρίον. ἀπὸ τοῦ ἔχειν μέγαν λαιμόν, λαίμια καὶ λάμια. Ἀριστοφάνης: φώκης δ' εἶχεν ὀσμήν, λαμίας ὄρχεις ἀπολύτους. δραστικοὶ γὰρ οἱ ὄρχεις. εἰδωλοποιεῖ δέ τινας ὄρχεις λαμίας: θῆλυ γάρ. καὶ Λάμος, πόλις Λαιστρυγόνων.
cf. lambda 84.
[1] Aristophanes, Peace 758 (web address 1), with material from the scholia there. (See also the scholia to Aristophanes, Wasps 1035, where these phrases about Kleon [kappa 1731] first appear.)
[2] Also from the scholia to Aristophanes, Peace 758. (For the Laestrygonians cf. lambda 203, lambda 204.)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; geography; imagery; medicine; mythology; politics; zoology
Translated by: George Gazis on 27 May 2008@04:57:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplied headword and notes; modified aspects of translation; more keywords) on 27 May 2008@05:41:50.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 28 May 2008@11:09:56.
David Whitehead on 1 April 2013@06:38:57.


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