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Headword: Νεφελοκοκκυγία
Adler number: nu,275
Translated headword: Cloudcuckooland, Cloudcuckooville
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
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.
Notes:
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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