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Headword: Μορμολύκεια
Adler number: mu,1250
Translated headword: fright-masks
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the masks of the tragedians. The masks of actors, which Dorians call gorgia. Whence also [is derived] the [verb] μορμολύξασθαι , [meaning] to frighten.[1]
"Appearance was the obstacle: a fright-mask of a face and a disruption of thought."[2]
Greek Original:
Μορμολύκεια: τὰ τῶν τραγῳδῶν προσωπεῖα. τὰ τῶν ὑποκριτῶν προσωπεῖα, ἃ Δωριεῖς γόργια καλοῦσιν. ἔνθεν καὶ τὸ ἐκφοβῆσαι μορμολύξασθαι. δόκησις ἦν τὸ ἀντίμαχον, μορμολυκεῖον ὄψεως καὶ διανοίας κατάπληξις.
Notes:
For the neuter headword, here in the plural (probably quoted from Aristophanes), see generally LSJ s.v., which notes a primary sense of 'bogey, hobgoblin' besides the one illusrated here.
[1] For gorgia see gamma 389. This material also occurs in other lexica (see the references at Photius mu530 Theodoridis), and various scholia (notably to Plato, Axiochus 364B).
[2] Theophylact Simocatta, Histories 6.5.7.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; philosophy; stagecraft; tragedy
Translated by: Richard Rodriguez on 2 June 2009@03:57:29.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 3 June 2009@03:35:32.
David Whitehead on 27 May 2013@05:08:20.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 11 July 2015@15:08:43.

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