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Headword: Ῥοθοπυγίζων
Adler number: rho,219
Translated headword: buttock-slapping
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning one who is] covertly striking the buttock with the flat of the hand or the flat of the foot, making a noise on the buttock.
Greek Original:
Ῥοθοπυγίζων: λάθρα τύπτων κατὰ τῆς πυγῆς πλατείᾳ τῇ χειρὶ ἢ πλατεῖ τῷ ποδί, τῇ πυγῇ ῥόθον ποιῶν.
Note:
From the scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 796, where this present participle -- more properly ῥαθαπυγίζων -- figuratively occurs: see web address 1. The allusion is to the Athenian demos rebuffing Spartan peace-overtures at this time (425/4).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; history; imagery; military affairs; politics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 21 January 2010@08:13:41.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 22 January 2010@00:06:50.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 22 January 2010@01:12:23.
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keywords) on 22 January 2010@02:59:24.
David Whitehead (tweak) on 25 August 2011@04:25:04.
David Whitehead on 29 October 2013@06:39:47.

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