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Headword: Ψωλὸν γενέσθαι δεῖ σε μέχρι τοῦ μυρρίνου
Adler number: psi,130
Translated headword: you must become cock-bare all the way to the root
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The proverb [occurs] in Aristophanes in Knights.[1] It was said in reference to those stripped a long way. But in Diphilos, in Offerings to the Dead, it is altered to: as far as the throat.[2]
Greek Original:
Ψωλὸν γενέσθαι δεῖ σε μέχρι τοῦ μυρρίνου: ἡ παροιμία παρὰ Ἀριστοφάνει ἐν Ἱππεῦσιν. ἐλέχθη δὲ ἐπὶ τῶν μέχρι πολλοῦ διεσκυλμένων. παρὰ δὲ Διφίλῳ ἐν τοῖς Ἐναγίσμασι παραπεποίηται ἄχρι τοῦ λάρυγγος.
Notes:
cf. Appendix Proverbiorum 5.41.
[1] Aristophanes, Knights 964 (web address 1). J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 68 comments: "ψωλός all the way to the pubis -- that is, a totally aggressive pederast, all hard-on".
[2] Diphilus fr. 39 Kock, now 38 K.-A.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 26 November 2001@06:38:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead on 6 September 2002@06:27:16.
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 15 June 2004@00:06:47.
Catharine Roth (fixed link, raised status) on 19 September 2011@21:53:52.
David Whitehead on 6 November 2013@08:40:09.
David Whitehead on 23 December 2014@07:17:28.
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