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Headword: Ῥόπαλα
Adler number: rho,228
Translated headword: clubs, cudgels
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] wooden things; [sc. so called] from the [verb] ῥαπίζειν ["to slap/beat"], or to smite ?in the scale?.[1]
"What do you have in mind? [Why have] a buskin and a club [both come together]?" That is, come together at the same place. In reference to things that are not [sc. mutually] harmonious. Heracles says this to Dionysus; for the buskin fits women.[2]
Greek Original:
Ῥόπαλα: τὰ ξύλα: παρὰ τὸ ῥαπίζειν, ἢ τῇ ῥοπῇ ἀλοιᾶν. τίς νοῦς; κόθορνος καὶ ῥόπαλον. τουτέστιν εἰς ταυτὸ ξυνῆλθον. ἐπὶ τῶν ἀσυμφώνων πραγμάτων. τοῦτο δέ φησιν Ἡρακλῆς πρὸς τὸν Διόνυσον: ὁ γὰρ κόθορνος γυναιξὶν ἁρμόζει.
Notes:
The headword is neuter plural, quoted from Homer: see n.1 below.
cf. generally rho 229, and under rho 233.
[1] From the scholia to Homer, Iliad 11.559, where the headword occurs (as ῥόπαλ' ). For this verb see rho 45.
[2] A loose approximation of Aristophanes, Frogs 47, with comment from the scholia there.
Keywords: clothing; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; gender and sexuality; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 September 2010@07:33:52.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 22 September 2010@23:36:03.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 23 September 2010@03:19:52.
David Whitehead on 29 October 2013@07:08:39.

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