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Headword: Μορμολύκεια
Adler number: mu,1250
Translated headword: fright-masks
Vetting Status: high
[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.
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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