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Headword: Νάννιον
Adler number: nu,25
Translated headword: Nannion
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Apollodorus in the [treatise] On the Courtesans says that this courtesan is referred to as Goat because of her having eaten up Thallos the shopkeeper;[1] for goats love a shoot. She is also mentioned in comedy. Antiphanes the Younger in the [treatise] On the Courtesans says that Nannion is nicknamed Stageset because she seems to be more beautiful on the outside.[2]
Greek Original:
Νάννιον: Ἀπολλόδωρος ἐν τῷ Περὶ τῶν ἑταιρῶν Αἶγα λέγεσθαι φησὶ ταύτην τὴν ἑταίραν διὰ τὸ Θαλλὸν τὸν κάπηλον καταφαγεῖν: χαίρουσι γὰρ αἱ αἶγες τῷ θαλλῷ. ἔστι δὲ αὐτῆς μνήμη καὶ ἐν τῇ κωμῳδίᾳ. Ἀντιφάνης δὲ ὁ νεώτερος ἐν τῷ Περὶ τῶν ἑταιρῶν τὴν Νάννιον φησὶ Προσκήνιον ἐπονομάζεσθαι διὰ τὸ ἔξωθεν δοκεῖν εὐμορφωτέραν εἶναι.
Notes:
An abridgement of Harpokration (and Photius) s.v., commenting on the appearance of this name in Hyperides fr. 141 Jensen.
[1] FGrH 244 F211a. Thallos means shoot or sprout (as the entry goes on to imply), which a real goat might well eat; but "eaten up" here stands for monetarily exploited (cf. the paraphrase in Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 13.587A [13.51 Kaibel]).
[2] FGrH 349 F2b.
Keywords: biography; botany; comedy; daily life; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; historiography; imagery; rhetoric; stagecraft; women; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 December 2000@07:32:07.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (cosmetics, added note and keywords, set status) on 30 October 2003@15:29:28.
David Whitehead (augmented primary note, and keywords) on 31 October 2003@03:27:06.
David Whitehead (corrected a ref; added a keyword; cosmetics) on 27 March 2008@11:27:38.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 12 July 2011@08:24:42.
David Whitehead on 3 June 2013@04:54:18.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 23 November 2014@01:03:27.
David Whitehead on 16 January 2015@04:11:50.

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