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Headword: Νάννιον
Adler number: nu,25
Translated headword: Nannion
Vetting Status: high
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.
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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