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Headword: Ὀστίνοις
Adler number: omicron,713
Translated headword: with bone-pipes
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] with pipes; [a phrase used] since in ancient times they used to create pipes from deer bones. Aristophanes [writes]: "play the dog's ass with your bone-pipes!"
Greek Original:
Ὀστίνοις: τοῖς αὐλοῖς: ἐπεὶ τὸ παλαιὸν ἀπὸ τῶν ἐλαφείων ὀστῶν κατεσκεύαζον τοὺς αὐλούς. Ἀριστοφάνης: τοῖς ὀστίνοις φυσῆτε τὸν πρωκτὸν κυνός.
Notes:
Aristophanes, Acharnians 863 (web address 1, again at pi 2950), with comment from the scholia there. The phrase not commented on presumably means "play like hell".
On bone and other materials for the aulos see generally M.L. West, Ancient Greek Music (Oxford 1992) 86; concerning bone(s), he notes that the tibia of the deer was especially favoured.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: chronology; comedy; definition; medicine; meter and music; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 4 December 2001@08:57:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 5 December 2001@04:06:07.
David Whitehead on 30 July 2013@04:04:57.
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