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Headword: Ψόφου πλέως
Adler number: psi,127
Translated headword: full of noise
Vetting Status: high
Meaning turbulent. He is speaking about Aeschylus; for Aeschylus' expressions have imagination, but when they are tested they have no reality. So these he calls incoherent, as if to say disordered, composed improbably, boastful. But [he calls him] κρημνοποιός ["speaking crags"] [meaning someone] making big words.[1] Also, "he sounds something loquacious and fire-cracked." Pots are called πυρορραγῆ if they break in the kiln in which they are fired.[2]
Greek Original:
Ψόφου πλέως: ἀντὶ τοῦ ταραχώδης. περὶ Αἰσχύλου φησί: τὰ γὰρ ῥήματα Αἰσχύλου φαντασίαν μὲν ἔχει, βασανιζόμενα δὲ οὐδεμίαν ἔχει πραγματείαν. ταῦτ' οὖν λέγει ἀξύστατον, οἷον ἀδιάθετον, ἀπιθάνως συντεθέντα, κομπώδη. κρημνοποιὸν δὲ μεγάλας λέξεις ποιοῦντα. καί, ψοφεῖ λάλον τι καὶ πυρορραγές. πυρορραγῆ κεράμια καλεῖται, ὅσα ἐν τῷ πυρὶ ῥήγνυται ἐν τῷ ὀπτεῖσθαι.
[1] Aristophanes, Clouds 1367 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. alpha 2840, alpha 4291.
[2] Aristophanes, Acharnians 932-3 (web address 2), with scholion.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; ethics; imagery; rhetoric; trade and manufacture; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 January 2006@01:55:31.
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