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Headword: δεῖνα καλός
Adler number: omicron,34
Translated headword: so-and-so [is] beautiful
Vetting Status: high
It was a peculiarity of lovers to write the names of their beloveds on walls or trees or leaves of trees, thus: So-and-so [is] beautiful.[1]
[Genitive] δεῖνος , [accusative] δεῖνα , [dative] δεῖνι .[2]
Greek Original:
Ὁ δεῖνα καλός: ἴδιον ἐραστῶν ἦν τὸ τὰ τῶν ἐρωμένων ὀνόματα γράφειν ἐν τοῖς τοίχοις ἢ δένδροις ἢ φύλλοις δένδρων, οὕτως, ὁ δεῖνα καλός. τοῦ δεῖνος, τὸν δεῖνα, τῷ δεῖνι.
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Acharnians 144 (web address 1), where this practice is mentioned; cf. kappa 265.
[2] On the various attested case-forms (or lack of declension), see LSJ s.v.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 December 2003@05:14:34.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link and another note, set status) on 23 December 2003@12:34:42.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 21 June 2013@05:19:31.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 22 June 2013@15:53:40.


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