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Headword: Θιασώτης Κότυος
Adler number: theta,381
Translated headword: devotee of Kotys
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Kotys, a divinity worshipped among Corinthians, presider over the debauched.[1]
"This is the source of those Kleistheneses and Timarchoses and all those who, for the sake of money, make their youth accessible [...] for an accursed pleasure. All at once the effeminate are all daintily-coiffed. But those in the brothels are openly this way. And yet they think they are victorious, since in this respect they have especially mimicked the female of the species."[2]
Greek Original:
Θιασώτης Κότυος. Κότυς, δαίμων παρὰ Κορινθίοις τιμώμενος, ἔφορος τῶν αἰσχρῶν. ὅθεν οἱ Κλεισθέναι καὶ Τίμαρχοι καὶ πάντες οἱ πρὸς ἀργύριον τὴν ὥραν διατιθέμενοι διὰ τὴν ἐξάγιστον ἡδονήν: καθάπαξ οἱ θηλυδρίαι τριχοπλάσται πάντες εἰσίν. ἀλλ' οἱ μὲν ἐπὶ τῶν οἰκημάτων ἄντικρυς οὗτοι. καίτοι νικᾶν νομίζουσιν, ὡς ταύτῃ μάλιστα τὸ θῆλυ τοῦ γένους ἐκμιμησόμενοι.
Notes:
See again at kappa 2171. (This is not the Kotys of kappa 2172 and kappa 2173.)
[1] The source (and status) of this sentence is unknown, but cf. generally e.g. Strabo 10.3.16; Theocritus, Idylls 6.40 with scholion. Kotys, a.k.a. Kottyto (see Hesychius s.v., mentioning the Corinthians), was a Thracian goddess worshipped with nocturnal orgiastic rites. The adoption of her cult in Corinth is comparable on several counts, including date (420s BCE), with the adoption of the cult of Bendis in Athens (alpha 2572).
[2] An abridged quotation from Synesius, Encomium of Baldness 21.4 (quoted more fully at kappa 2171), wherein the unglossed headword phrase "devotee of Kotys" occurs too (as it also does in his 44th letter); cf. epsilon 1509, epsilon 1798, theta 335. For Kleisthenes see kappa 1756, kappa 1758; for Timarchos, tau 595.
Keywords: biography; clothing; daily life; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; proverbs; religion; rhetoric; science and technology; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 16 December 2003@17:39:30.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-refs; cosmetics) on 17 December 2003@04:29:01.
David Whitehead (corrected one of my refs, at CR's prompting) on 29 May 2007@03:19:23.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 26 February 2008@06:26:49.
David Whitehead (more for n.1) on 26 February 2008@06:46:02.
David Whitehead (more) on 26 February 2008@09:38:12.
William Hutton (tweaked tr. and notes) on 24 March 2008@10:19:00.
David Whitehead (more keywords; raised status) on 3 January 2013@09:21:54.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 29 April 2015@00:53:09.
Catharine Roth (another cross-reference) on 26 June 2017@01:54:11.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 5 December 2018@01:02:25.

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