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Headword: Μονῳδεῖν ἐκ Μηδείας
Adler number: mu,1243
Translated headword: to sing a monody from a Medea
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
["[Then] to sing a monody from a Medea,] 'I am undone, I am undone, deprived of the ones embedded in beets'." He is speaking about the gourmet Melanthios, because arriving in the market to buy eels as a delicacy and not finding [any] he would be indignant; inasmuch as cooks boil eels with beets.
Greek Original:
Μονῳδεῖν ἐκ Μηδείας: ὀλόμαν, ὀλόμαν, ἀποχειρωθεὶς τὰς ἐν τεύτλοισι λοχευομένας. περὶ Μελανθίου λέγει τοῦ ὀψοφάγου, ὅτι ἀφικόμενος ἐν τῇ ἀγορᾷ ὀψωνῆσαι ἐγχέλεις καὶ μὴ εὑρὼν σχετλιάσοι: παρόσον οἱ μάγειροι μετὰ τεύτλων ἕψουσι τὰς ἐγχέλεις.
Notes:
Aristophanes, Peace 1012-1014 (web address 1), with scholion. (The noun implicit in the passage is eels.) For Melanthios, tragedian as well as gourmet, cf. mu 457. For other Medea-tragedies cf. under (e.g.) delta 1142, epsilon 3694, mu 673, sigma 1178.
See also, on monodies, mu 1242, mu 1244.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; economics; ethics; food; meter and music; mythology; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 5 August 2009@07:49:25.
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Catharine Roth (tweak, status) on 5 August 2009@13:55:11.
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