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Headword: Νυμφίου βίον
Adler number: nu,597
Translated headword: bridegroom's life
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A proverb.[1] "You then are living a bridegroom's life." For those [men] getting married used to be garlanded with bergamot-mints and certain [sc. other] plants to mark the days of their weddings.
Greek Original:
Νυμφίου βίον: παροιμία. ὑμεῖς μὲν ἄρα ζῆτε νυμφίου βίον. οἱ γὰρ γαμοῦντες ἐστέφοντο σισύμβροις καὶ φυτοῖς τισι πρὸς τὰς τῶν γάμων ἡμέρας.
Notes:
Aristophanes, Birds 161 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia; cf. sigma 275, sigma 485, upsilon 107.
[1] Not independently attested as such, as Dunbar notes (but NB elsewhere in the Suda Aristophanic quotations are so characterised).
Reference:
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; comedy; daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality; proverbs; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 December 2003@08:48:49.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 21 December 2003@20:46:30.
David Whitehead (added bibliog) on 13 June 2004@09:25:23.
David Whitehead on 18 June 2013@05:47:38.

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