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Headword: Ὑπέρβολον
Adler number: upsilon,245
Translated headword: Hyperbolos, Hyperbolus
Vetting Status: high
[sc. Having the effect of] a stone. For when they threw people into the sea they used to suspend a weight from their necks. Aristophanes [writes]: "I will raise him aloft and throw him into the Pit, having hung Hyperbolos round his neck".[1]
It is also a proper name.
He was a lover of litigation. Aristophanes [writes]: "and when Hyperbolos meets you he will not involve you in lawsuits".[2]
And on Hyperbolos see in the [entry] "persuasive".[3]
Greek Original:
Ὑπέρβολον: λίθον. ὅτε γὰρ κατεπόντουν τινάς, βάρος ἀπὸ τῶν τραχήλων ἀπεκρέμαζον. Ἀριστοφάνης: ἄρας μετέωρον εἰς τὸ βάραθρον ἐμβαλῶ, ἐκ τοῦ λάρυγγος ἐκκρεμάσας Ὑπέρβολον. ἔστι δὲ καὶ ὄνομα κύριον. ἦν δὲ φιλόδικος. Ἀριστοφάνης: οὐ ξυντυχών σ' Ὑπέρβολος δικῶν ἀναπλήσει. καὶ ζήτει ἐν τῷ ἀναπείσηται περὶ τοῦ Ὑπερβόλου.
[1] Aristophanes, Knights 1362-3, with scholion. For 'the Pit' see beta 99, beta 100, beta 101.
[2] Aristophanes, Acharnians 846-7, with scholion.
[3] alpha 2010. On this fifth-century-BCE (d.411) Athenian politician, notorious for being the last-ever victim of ostracism (omicron 716, omicron 717), see generally OCD(4) s.v.
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; ethics; imagery; law; politics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 31 July 2006@08:27:04.
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