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Headword: Θρυαλλίς
Adler number: theta,515
Translated headword: wick
Vetting Status: high
"You are bringing in wicks from the enemy." Because of lamp-wicks, it being forbidden and dangerous to import a wick into Athens. This [is] the reason; "by what manner? For it [the wick] might set the dockyard on fire [...] If a Boeotian man should attach it to a beetle and, making use of a great north wind, send it to the dockyard through a sluice."[1] A τίφη ["beetle"] [is] the so-called cockroach. It is a beetle-like creature.[2] A sluice [is] that through which the gathered water from a rainstorm goes down.[3]
Greek Original:
Θρυαλλίς. ἐκ τῶν πολεμίων εἰσάγεις θρυαλλίδα. διὰ τὰ ἐλλύχνια, ἀπορρήτου ὄντος καὶ δεινοῦ εἰσφέρειν θρυαλλίδα εἰς τὰς Ἀθήνας. ἡ δὲ αἰτία: τίνι τρόπῳ; αὕτη γὰρ ἐμπρήσειε τὸ νεώριον. ἐνθεὶς ἂν ἐς τίφην ἀνὴρ Βοιώτιος, ἅψας ἂν ἐσπέμψειεν ἐς τὸ νεώριον δι' ὑδρορρόας βορέαν ἐπιτηρήσας μέγαν. τίφη ἡ καλουμένη σίλφη. ἔστι δὲ ζῷον κανθαρῶδες. ὑδρορρόα δὲ δι' οὗ τὸ ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄμβρου ὕδωρ συναγόμενον κατέρχεται.
For this headword, here unglossed, see already theta 514.
[1] An abridgment of Aristophanes, Acharnians 916-922 (web address 1), with scholion to 916; cf. nu 234.
[2] cf. tau 698.
[3] cf. upsilon 63, upsilon 64.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: architecture; comedy; definition; geography; law; military affairs; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Ryan Stone on 4 March 2008@18:26:41.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, link, status) on 4 March 2008@21:45:15.
David Whitehead (modified aspects of tr; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 5 March 2008@03:28:57.
David Whitehead on 6 January 2013@10:03:31.


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