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Headword: Περιπεταστὸν κἀπιμανδαλωτόν
Adler number: pi,1240
Translated headword: a 'spread-open-around' and a 'bolted-shut-on-top'.
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Types of erotic kisses, in which it is necessary to lick the tongue of those who kiss down.
Greek Original:
Περιπεταστὸν κἀπιμανδαλωτόν: εἴδη φιλημάτων ἐρωτικῶν, ἐν ᾧ δεῖ τὴν γλῶτταν τῶν καταφιλούντων λείχειν.
Notes:
At the end of the Acharnians of Aristophanes (1200-03), Dicaeopolis comes on stage drunk and supported by a pair of courtesans (whom he addresses in the dual). He has sex on his mind and asks the pair with these rather graphic verbal adjectives for two kisses, apparently for simultaneous oral sex acts to bring him to the arousal necessary for the proposed intercourse (web address 1, followed by web address 2). He asks them to kiss gently, "for I have been the first to drain the (ritual) wine-jar." His fear seems clear enough. As usual in the Suda, the entry assumes that the kisses are mouth-to-mouth (cf. kappa 912, kappa 504, mu 134), but the unusual verb καταφιλέω with the prefix kata- 'down', instead of the simple word for kissing, seems to suggest that the writer has misunderstood a reference to oral sex (cf. English 'going down').
The first adjective, a verbal adjective from περιπετάννυμι (web address 3), is found only here. LSJ translates it as 'spread round or over' and 'lewd'. For the meaning of μανδαλωτός and other "types" of kiss that may be of similar meaning, see mu 134.
Reference:
J.Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 182, ##368-9
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; imagery
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 4 February 2002@03:18:57.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 4 February 2002@07:37:27.
David Whitehead (added bibliography; cosmetics) on 18 June 2002@03:42:51.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 25 September 2011@09:27:11.

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