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Headword: Ὑσπλάτιδος
Adler number: upsilon,683
Translated headword: starting-gate
Vetting Status: high
"As if from a single starting-gate."[1] Meaning from a send-off, a starting-rope, from a single starting-point; or from a single pole and turning-post. Aristophanes [writes]: "[those women] who from a single starting-gate drove the men away from the[ir] cunts." That is, from the female genitals.[2]
Greek Original:
Ὑσπλάτιδος: ὥσπερ ἀπὸ μιᾶς ὑσπλάτιδος. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἀφέσεως, βαλβῖδος, ἀπὸ μιᾶς ἀφετηρίας: ἤγουν ἀπὸ ἑνὸς κανόνος καὶ καμπτῆρος. Ἀριστοφάνης: αἵπερ ἀπὸ μιᾶς ὑσπλάτιδος ἀπήλαον τοὺς ἄνδρας ἀπὸ τῶν ὑσσάκων. τουτέστι τῶν γυναικείων αἰδοίων.
The headword should be not ὑσπλάτιδος but ὑσπλαγίδος , genitive singular of Laconian ὑσπλαγίς ; cf. ὕσπληξ at upsilon 684.
[1] This phrase is presumably presented as part of the Aristophanic quotation given below, but it begins with ὥσπερ whereas the quotation has αἵπερ .
[2] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 1000-1001 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. upsilon 672.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: athletics; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 5 June 2011@21:35:03.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 June 2011@05:01:01.
David Whitehead on 6 June 2011@05:01:23.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 6 June 2011@08:03:07.
David Whitehead on 1 December 2013@07:18:08.


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