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Headword: Ψήκτρα
Adler number: psi,66
Translated headword: curry-comb
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A tool, with which we brush horses.[1]
In the Epigrams: "and a sawn iron-bound brushing of a curry-comb ...[2] And elsewhere: "and a curry-comb for drawing through the hair of horses and the whip for their backs, bold mother of speed."[3] Also, "[he] spurned the curry-comb made of reed."[4]
[Note] that the curry-comb is also called δεῖνος .[5]
Greek Original:
Ψήκτρα: ἐργαλεῖον, δι' οὗ τοὺς ἵππους κνήθομεν. ἐν Ἐπιγράμμασι: καὶ πριστὸν ψήκτρης κνῆσμα σιδηρόδετον. καὶ αὖθις: καὶ ψήκτραν ἵππων ἐρυσίτριχα τήν τ' ἐπὶ νώτων μάστιγα, ῥοίζης μητέρα θαρσαλέην. καί, ψήκτραν ἄκιτιν ἀπέπτυσεν. ὅτι ὁ ψηκτὴρ καὶ δεῖνος λέγεται.
Notes:
[1] cf. Phrynichus 127.17.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.233.6 (Maecius).
[3] Greek Anthology 6.246.5-6 (Philodemus or Argentarius), but read ῥοίζου .
[4] Greek Anthology 6.307.3 (Phanias), on the barber Eugathes who forsakes his trade for philosophy, but comes back to it when faced with starvation; cf. more fully at phi 120; Gow and Page, vol. I (163-164); vol. II (473-475); and further extracts from this epigram at alpha 889 and sigma 1348. Although here the Suda transmits ἄκιτιν , the Anthologia Palatina scribe designated C (the Corrector) proposed the spelling δονακῆτιν , while Gow and Page (vol. I (164)) transmit δονακῖτιν .
[5] From delta 345, q.v.
References:
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Keywords: athletics; daily life; definition; food; philosophy; poetry; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 28 December 2005@00:10:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmeticules) on 29 December 2005@03:51:39.
David Whitehead on 6 November 2013@03:45:17.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.4, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keywords) on 12 February 2019@00:18:33.
Catharine Roth (tweaked notes) on 12 February 2019@00:43:57.

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