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Headword: Μελιτοῦττα
Adler number: mu,526
Translated headword: honeycake
Vetting Status: high
A barleycake soaked in honey, which they used to take, apparently, to the snakes producing the oracular responses at Trophonius' [oracle]. It is in Lebadeia.[1] Honeycake [is] an epithet of well-kneaded cakes.[2] Note that the honeycake used to be provided for corpses, as [if] to be given to Cerberus; and an obol as fee for the ferryman [sc. Charon [Author, Myth]], and a crown, as [if] having competed in life's struggle [sc. deserves a prize].[3]
Greek Original:
Μελιτοῦττα: μάζα μέλιτι δεδευμένη, ἣν ἔφερον, ὡς ἐδόκουν, τοῖς ὄφεσι τοῖς ἐς Τροφωνίου μαντευομένοις. ἐν Λεβαδείᾳ ἐστίν. ἡ μελιτοῦττα ἐπίθετον τῶν ναστῶν. ἰστέον, ὅτι ἡ μελιτοῦττα ἐδίδοτο τοῖς νεκροῖς, ὡς εἰς τὸν Κέρβερον: καὶ ὀβολὸς μισθὸς τῷ πορθμεῖ, καὶ στέφανος, ὡς τὸν βίον διηγωνισμένος.
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Clouds 507. See generally tau 1065.
[2] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 567.
[3] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Lysistrata 601. See generally chi 135, chi 140.
Keywords: athletics; comedy; daily life; definition; economics; ethics; food; geography; imagery; mythology; religion; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 3 June 2008@04:43:50.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 3 June 2008@20:08:33.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 4 June 2008@03:25:04.
David Whitehead on 15 May 2013@05:55:36.


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