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Headword: Λαμπιτώ
Adler number: lambda,92
Translated headword: Lampito
Vetting Status: high
"Rather, Lampito, I think, [was] cause." Meaning Lampito, I suppose, [was] cause of the battle.
Greek Original:
Λαμπιτώ: ἀλλ' ἀρχὰ μὲν οἴω Λαμπιτώ. ἀντὶ τοῦ ὡς οἴομαι, ἀρχὴ τῆς μάχης ἡ Λαμπιτώ.
Aristophanes, Lysistrata 998, with scholion; cf. omicroniota 158. The scholiast is aiming to explain two things: the Doric-dialect noun ἀρχά , here glossed with ἀρχή (but NB modern editions follow Hermann in printing the verb ἆρχε ); and the parenthetical οἴω glossed with οἴομαι . On this active verb form, see note at omicron 99.
The name Lampito, chosen by Aristophanes for his chief Spartan character in the play, was also that of several real-life women, notably one of the current Spartan queen mothers (widow of King Archidamus, mother of King Agis).
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; military affairs; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 June 2006@09:30:18.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented note, set status) on 6 June 2006@11:21:18.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 7 June 2006@03:46:32.
David Whitehead on 1 April 2013@06:57:27.


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