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Headword: Λυσικράτης
Adler number: lambda,860
Translated headword: Lysikrates, Lysicrates
Vetting Status: high
This man used to blacken his own hair with a particular potion. Aristophanes [writes]: "you could not [be blacker] if you had boiled the potion with which Lysikrates blackens himself".[1] And elsewhere: "will the nose of Lysikrates be as proud as [that of] handsome men?".[2] For he was snub-nosed and disreputable and thieving and insignificant. [There is] also a saying: 'Lysikrates bribe-taking'. [He was] an Athenian general.[3]
Greek Original:
Λυσικράτης: οὗτος φαρμάκῳ τινὶ ἐμέλαινε τὰς ἑαυτοῦ τρίχας. Ἀριστοφάνης: οὐδ' ἂν εἰ τὸ φάρμακον ἕψουσ' ἔτυχες, ᾧ Λυσικράτης μελαίνεται. καὶ αὖθις: ἡ Λυσικράτους ῥὶς ἴσα τοῖς καλοῖσι φρονήσει. ἐπειδὴ σιμὸς ἦν καὶ αἰσχρὸς καὶ κλέπτης καὶ ἄσημος. καὶ παροιμία: Λυσικράτης δωροδοκῶν. στρατηγὸς Ἀθηναίων.
[1] Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 735-6, addressed to a cooking-pot (web address 1); again at phi 103.
[2] Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 630 (web address 2).
[3] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 513: a bird "was standing and watching what bribe Lysikrates took" (web address 3). Commentators rightly point out that, with twenty years between the two plays, there can be no certainty that L. the corrupt and L. the vain are one and the same. (The name is common: 45 listings in LGPN ii.) One would also have wished for some corroborating evidence for the L. of Birds as a general.
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Keywords: biography; clothing; comedy; daily life; economics; ethics; military affairs; proverbs; science and technology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 September 2001@09:29:12.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added links, set status) on 25 November 2003@00:33:46.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 25 November 2003@03:01:07.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 13 December 2005@08:06:32.
David Whitehead on 24 April 2013@06:10:07.


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