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Headword: Νεφελοκοκκυγία
Adler number: nu,275
Translated headword: Cloudcuckooland, Cloudcuckooville
Vetting Status: high
An invented city in Aristophanes, up in the air.
He jokes that it had been founded by birds.[1]
Greek Original:
Νεφελοκοκκυγία: πόλις παρὰ Ἀριστοφάνει πεπλασμένη εἰς τὸν ἀέρα οὖσα. ἣν παίζει ἐκεῖνος ὑπὸ ὀρνίθων πεπολίσθαι.
The rendering "Cloudcuckooland", for the fantastical community created by Aristophanes in Birds, is doubtless too entrenched in English usage for it ever to be dislodged; note nevertheless the point, explicit here (via the scholia to line 821), that the place is actually a city-state (polis), with all that that implies.
[1] A marginal addition in ms M.
Keywords: comedy; definition; imagery; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 3 October 2001@04:57:51.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 4 October 2001@23:12:27.
David Whitehead on 5 October 2001@03:01:36.
David Whitehead on 7 June 2013@06:23:07.


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