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Headword: Ποῖ γῆς ἀπεδήμεις
Adler number: pi,3070
Translated headword: where on earth were you out of town?
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Dionysus says, "Where on earth [...]," and he says "I was boarding with Cleisthenes."[1] The [verb] 'to board' refers to sexual intercourse, from a metaphor of animals, which have intercourse by mounting. And Cleisthenes is lampooned for lewdness. He had a smooth chin, and [Aristophanes] likens him to a eunuch. He also lampoons Cleisthenes for being sexually passive. So he is implying that even if he were out of town on a military campaign, he would have been campaigning with Cleisthenes.
Greek Original:
Ποῖ γῆς ἀπεδήμεις: ὁ Διόνυσος λέγει, ποῖ γῆς; ὁ δέ φησιν, ἐπεβάτευον Κλεισθένει. τὸ ἐπιβατεύειν ἐπὶ συνουσίας, ἀπὸ μεταφορᾶς τῶν ζῴων, ἃ ἐπιβαίνοντα συνουσιάζει. ὁ δὲ Κλεισθένης ἐπ' αἰσχρότητι κωμῳδεῖται. ἦν δὲ λεῖος τὸ γένειον, καὶ εὐνούχῳ εἰκάζει αὐτόν. τὸν δὲ Κλεισθένην καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ πασχητιᾶν κωμῳδεῖ. ἐμφαίνει οὖν, ὅτι εἰ καὶ κατὰ στρατείαν ἀπεδήμουν, Κλεισθένει ἂν ἐστρατευσάμην.
Note:
[1] Aristophanes, Frogs 48, with comments from the scholia. The truncated first part of the quotation (the full version of which is the headword phrase) is actually delivered by the character Heracles. Dionysus' response is the second part of the quotation. Substantially the same material can be found at epsilon 2021. For Cleisthenes, a frequent butt of Aristophanes' humor, see kappa 1756, kappa 1757, kappa 1758. Henderson [below] 162 #262 notes this sexual application of ἐπιβατεύειν , attested only here.
Reference:
J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975)
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Translated by: William Hutton on 23 September 2013@02:12:55.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 24 September 2013@03:58:53.
David Whitehead on 23 October 2013@06:16:24.

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