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Headword: Οἰνοπίπας
Adler number: omicroniota,128
Translated headword: wine-gapers
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] women on the lookout for wine; just as Homer [has] virgin-gaper [παρθενοπῖπα ],[1] Aristophanes says: "where has he not slandered [us], wherever in short there is spectacle and tragedy[2] and choruses, calling [us] habitual-adultresses, men-fixated, wine-gapers, traitresses, gossips, health hazards, bringers of utter ruin to men". So Symmachus says that [the term comes] from glugging [πιπίζειν ] wine; but for my part I do not see πιπίζειν applied to this sense in Attic writers, but rather used in mimicry of a sound. So better [to conclude that] οἰνοπίπης is used just like παιδοπίπης . So [he says] 'wine-gapers' meaning drunkards; from πιπίζειν , which is to suck.[3]
Greek Original:
Οἰνοπίπας: τὰς οἴνους περισκοπούσας, ὡς Ὅμηρος παρθενοπῖπα, φησὶν Ἀριστοφάνης: ποῦ δ' οὐχὶ διαβέβληχ', ὅπουπερ ἔμβραχυ οἷς θέα καὶ τραγῳδία καὶ χοροί; τὰς μοιχοτρόπους, τὰς ἀνδρεραστρίας καλῶν, τὰς οἰνοπίπας, τὰς προδότιδας, τὰς λάλους, τὰς οὐδὲν ὑγιές, τὰς μέγ' ἀνδράσι κακόν. ὁ μὲν οὖν Σύμμαχός φησι παρὰ τὸ πιπίζειν τὸν οἶνον: ἐγὼ δὲ οὐχ ὁρῶ τὸ πιπίζειν ἐπὶ ταύτης τῆς ἐννοίας παρὰ τοῖς Ἀττικοῖς κείμενον, ἀλλὰ κατὰ μίμησιν φωνῆς λεγόμενον. ἄμεινον οὖν, ὥσπερ παιδοπίπης λέγεται, οὕτω καὶ οἰνοπίπης. οἰνοπίπας οὖν ἀντὶ τοῦ μεθύσους: παρὰ τὸ πιπίζειν, ὅ ἐστι μύζειν, ἢ μυζᾶν.
Accusative plural from Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 390-4 (already in part at epsilon 955), with scholion; on Euripides. Manuscripts of Aristophanes read οἰνοπότιδας "wine-drinkers": see web address 1.
[1] Homer, Iliad 11.385.
[2] So here; but read 'spectators and tragic actors'.
[3] In the Greek two variants of 'to suck' are given, μύζειν (mu 1381) and μυζᾶν (mu 1384).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; tragedy; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 June 2005@05:55:53.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented note, added link, set status) on 16 June 2005@11:21:11.
David Whitehead (further x-refs) on 17 June 2005@02:34:45.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 11 August 2011@07:57:38.
David Whitehead on 7 August 2013@06:12:21.


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