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Headword: Μεθυσοκότταβοι
Adler number: mu,441
Translated headword: kottabos-drunkards
Vetting Status: high
A drop of wine, a bronze bowl; which during dinner they set full of wine, then pouring wine into small cups they used to toss [drops] from a height into it so as to make a noise, which was called kottabos. The [drop] which made the biggest noise was praised. So out of this [comes the word] methusokottaboi ["kottabos-drunkards"].
Greek Original:
Μεθυσοκότταβοι: λάταξ, χαλκῆ φιάλη: ἣν μεταξὺ τοῦ δείπνου ἐτίθεσαν οἴνου πεπληρωμένην, εἶτα εἰς μικρὰ ποτήρια ἐμβαλόντες οἶνον, εἰς ταύτην ἀπὸ ὕψους ἐρρίπτουν ἐπὶ τῷ ψόφον ἐκτελέσαι, ὃς ἐκαλεῖτο κότταβος. ἐπῃνεῖτο δὲ ὁ μείζονα ψόφον ποιῶν. ἐκ τούτου οὖν μεθυσοκότταβος.
From a scholion on Aristophanes, Acharnians 525, where the nominative plural headword occurs (web address 1); cf. kappa 2154.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 1 February 2009@21:58:28.
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David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 2 February 2009@03:04:30.
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