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Headword: Ψευδάμαξυς
Adler number: psi,44
Translated headword: sham-vine
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
One who pretends to be rich.
Greek Original:
Ψευδάμαξυς: ὁ ψευδόπλουτος.
Notes:
The headword is attested only here in this form, and incorrectly so. It should be (as it is in Hesychius) ψευδαμάμαξυς , taken from Aristophanes, Wasps 326.
MacDowell ad loc. explores several possibilities for how, precisely, the metaphor works.
Reference:
Aristophanes, Wasps, edited with introduction and commentary by Douglas MacDowell (Oxford 1971)
Keywords: botany; comedy; definition; economics; imagery
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 22 December 2005@19:55:56.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword; added note and more keywords) on 29 December 2005@01:55:01.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 5 August 2011@04:54:17.

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