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Headword: Μικροπρεπείας ῥήματα
Adler number: mu,1051
Translated headword: terms of triviality
Vetting Status: high
"Every Athenian, on entering [his house], yells to the slaves 'Where is the jug? Who has eaten the head of the sprat? My bowl of last year has perished' - meaning, is broken. 'Where is yesterday's garlic? Who has nibbled the olives?'" For the questions even extend to cheap things.
Greek Original:
Μικροπρεπείας ῥήματα: Ἀθηναίων ἅπας τις εἰσιὼν ἐκέκραγε πρὸς τοὺς οἰκέτας, ποῦ 'στιν ἡ χύτρα; τίς τὴν κεφαλὴν ἀπεδήδοκε τῆς μαινίδος; τὸ τρυβλίον τὸ περυσινὸν τέθνηκεν [ἀντὶ τοῦ κέκλασται]. ποῦ τὸ σκόροδον τὸ χθεσινόν; τίς τὰς ἐλάας παρέτραγε; μέχρι γὰρ καὶ τῶν εὐτελῶν ἐρωτῶσι.
Aristophanes, Frogs 981-8 (web address 1; lightly abridged here; in full at alphaiota 165), with comment from the scholia there (embodied also in the headword phrase).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; comedy; daily life; definition; economics; food; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 September 2001@04:47:21.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (cosmetics, added link and keywords, set status) on 17 October 2003@14:44:39.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 18 October 2003@06:08:56.
David Whitehead on 22 May 2013@09:58:22.


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