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Headword: Ὑπαγωγεύς
Adler number: upsilon,142
Translated headword: trowel; clay, mortar, plaster
Vetting Status: high
A builder's tool; as some [say], made out of iron, a sort of a small shovel, that the plasterers/whitewashers use. But others [sc. say that it is] a housebuilding tool, with which they straighten the bricks with each other; the one that some call a scraper. Others [say] that it is some kind of clay; as in Hermippus: “for of course he is held together with no binding, but with his own behaviour as the ὑπαγωγεῖς .”[1] And Aristophanes in Birds [writes]: “and by Zeus the belted ducks were carrying bricks; and above flew [the swallows] with the (?)plaster on their backs”. The ducks [are called] 'belted' because they have a white girdle.
Greek Original:
Ὑπαγωγεύς: ἐργαλεῖόν τι τεκτονικόν: ὥς τινες σιδηροῦν, οἷον πτυί̈διον, ᾧ χρῶνται οἱ κονιαταί. οἱ δὲ ἐργαλεῖον οἰκοδομικόν, ᾧ ἀπευθύνουσι τὰς πλίνθους πρὸς ἀλλήλας: ὅ τινες παράξυστον καλοῦσιν. οἱ δὲ πηλόν τινα: καθὼς καὶ Ἕρμιππος: ξύνεστι γὰρ δὴ δεσμῷ μὲν οὐδενί, τοῖσι δ' ὑπαγωγεῦσι τοῖς ἑαυτοῦ τρόποις. καὶ Ἀριστοφάνης Ὄρνισι: καὶ νὴ Δία γ' αἱ νῆτται περιεζωσμέναι ἐπλινθοφόρουν: ἄνω δὲ τὸν ὑπαγωγέα ἐπέτοντ' ἔχουσαι. ἐζωσμέναι δὲ αἱ νῆτται διὰ τὸ ἔχειν ζώνην λευκήν.
Aristophanes, Birds 1148-1150 (web address 1), with explanatory material from the scholia there. Dunbar's edition has a long and inconclusive note on what the headword actually does mean in this passage; see also LSJ s.v.
[1] Hermippus fr. 3 West (preserved only here; text very corrupt).
West, M.L., Iambi et elegi Graeci, vol. 2, Oxford 1972
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: architecture; comedy; definition; poetry; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 27 July 2009@11:05:59.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 28 July 2009@04:03:09.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2011@09:29:06.


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