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Headword: Ψευδατραφάξυος πλέα
Adler number: psi,45
Translated headword: full of false orach
Vetting Status: high
Meaning full of lies. Orach (ἀτράφαξυς ) [is] a kind of vegetable, which grows large quickly. So since Kleon had made false accusations against the knights and the council decided to believe him, [Aristophanes] said that the council has become 'full of false orach' -- [thereby he is] attacking Kleon as a liar, and upbraiding the council because they were easily and readily convinced by liars and slanderers, just as the plant grows.
Greek Original:
Ψευδατραφάξυος πλέα: ἀντὶ τοῦ πλήρη ψευσμάτων. ἀτράφαξυς δὲ εἶδος λαχάνου, ὃ ταχέως εἰς μέγεθος αὔξεται. ἐπεὶ οὖν ὁ Κλέων ψευδῆ κατὰ τῶν ἱππέων κατηγόρησε καὶ ἡ βουλὴ πείθεσθαι ἐδόκει, ψευδατραφάξυος πλέαν εἶπε τὴν βουλὴν γεγονέναι, διαβάλλων μὲν ὡς ψεύστην τὸν Κλέωνα, τῆς δὲ βουλῆς καθαπτόμενος, ὡς τοῖς ψευδομένοις καὶ διαβάλλουσι πειθομένην εὐχερῶς καὶ ῥᾳδίως, ὥσπερ καὶ τὸ λάχανον αὔξεται.
From a scholion on Aristophanes, Knights 630, where the headword phrase occurs (see web address 1).
On orach, see alpha 4381; on Kleon, kappa 1731.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: agriculture; biography; botany; comedy; definition; ethics; food; history; imagery; politics
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 23 December 2005@14:12:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another x-ref and more keywords; cosmetics) on 29 December 2005@02:00:25.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 5 August 2011@04:59:12.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 5 August 2011@07:54:47.


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