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Headword: Μύρμηξ
Adler number: mu,1445
Translated headword: ant
Vetting Status: high
"Ant-hills, or what is he crooning about?" He is speaking about Agathon the poet,[1] as someone striking up light and intricate tunes; for the paths of ants are like that. But Agathon used to create tunes for actors, and was an actor himself; hence [his compositions] are also called choric.
Greek Original:
Μύρμηξ: μυρμήκων ἀτραποὺς ἤ τί διαμινυρίζεται. περὶ Ἀγάθωνός φησι τοῦ ποιητοῦ, ὡς λεπτὰ καὶ ἀγκύλα ἀνακρουομένου μέλη: τοιαῦται γὰρ αἱ τῶν μυρμήκων ὁδοί. ὁ δὲ Ἀγάθων ὑποκριτικὰ μέλη ἐποίει καὶ αὐτὸς ὑποκρίνεται. διὸ καὶ χορικὰ λέγεται.
Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 100 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. chi 403.
[1] alpha 124.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; imagery; meter and music; poetry; stagecraft; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 30 July 2009@05:37:17.
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Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 3 August 2009@01:05:17.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 3 August 2009@03:43:41.
David Whitehead on 29 May 2013@07:07:50.


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