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Headword: Ὀγκύλλεσθαι
Adler number: omicron,24
Translated headword: to be puffed up
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to carry one's neck high and to surround oneself with feelings of self-importance, to exult in oneself.[1]
Aristophanes says in his play concerning Peace: "now strain to the utmost, everyone, and pull [her] out with these cables."[2] Then when they are not dragging [Peace out] he says: "and you are puffed up." And again Aristophanes [says]: "how puffed up you are."[3] Meaning how you put in such effort pretending to drag with the rope, but you do not drag [her out]; or you surround yourself with self-importance and you make false pretensions and you are arrogant. They were not dragging [her out], as if war-lovers, or as if outside the treaty.
Greek Original:
Ὀγκύλλεσθαι: ὑψαυχενεῖν καὶ ὄγκους περιβάλλεσθαι, σεμνύνεσθαι. ἐν τῷ περὶ Εἰρήνης δράματι φησὶν Ἀριστοφάνης: ὑπότεινε δὴ πᾶς καὶ κάταγε τοῖς κάλοις: εἶτα μὴ ἑλκόντων φησιν: καὶ ὀγκύλλεσθε. καὶ αὖθις Ἀριστοφάνης: οἷον ὀγκύλλεσθε. ἀντὶ τοῦ οἷα ἐπερείδεσθε μὲν τῷ σχοινίῳ προσποιούμενοι ἕλκειν, οὐχ ἕλκετε δέ: ἢ τὸν ὄγκον περιβάλλεσθε καὶ ἀλαζονεύεσθε καὶ ὑπερηφανεύεσθε. ὡς φιλοπόλεμοι δὲ οὐχ εἷλκον, ἢ ὡς ἔκσπονδοι.
cf. omicron 25.
[1] Same glossing in Photius (omicron21 Theodoridis) and similarly in other lexica.
[2] Aristophanes, Peace 458 (web address 1).
[3] Aristophanes, Peace 465 (web address 2), here in two variants; with scholion.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; imagery; military affairs; poetry
Translated by: Amanda Aponte on 26 October 2009@21:11:14.
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