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Headword: Μεγαρικαὶ Σφίγγες
Adler number: mu,385
Translated headword: Megarian Sphinxes
Vetting Status: high
Whores have been called this.[1] And perhaps that is why softies were named σφίγκται .[2] Or even from Maia being called this in Megara.[3]
"But we have some Megarian contrivance." Meaning a rascally one. For the Megarians used to be slandered for [their] rascality.[4]
Greek Original:
Μεγαρικαὶ Σφίγγες: αἱ πόρναι οὕτως εἴρηνται. ἴσως δὲ ἐντεῦθεν καὶ σφίγκται οἱ μαλακοὶ ὠνομάσθησαν. ἢ καὶ ἀπὸ Μαίας οὕτω λεγομένης ἐν Μεγάροις. ἀλλ' ἔστιν ἡμῖν Μεγαρική τις μηχανή. ἀντὶ τοῦ πονηρά. διεβάλλοντο γὰρ ἐπὶ πονηρίᾳ οἱ Μεγαρεῖς.
[1] Diogenianus 6.35, etc.
[2] So e.g. Cratinus fr. 446 Kock (now 495 K.-A.).
[3] Presumably the nymph Maia, mother of Hermes (epsilon 3037).
[4] cf. alpha 1081.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; imagery; mythology; proverbs; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 January 2007@10:16:34.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added keyword, set status) on 22 January 2007@10:42:11.
David Whitehead (added missing note number) on 23 January 2007@03:01:27.
David Whitehead on 13 May 2013@09:17:02.
David Whitehead on 3 January 2015@08:37:34.


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