Sunday, August 20, 2006


Notes to Myself

To the examples of φυλλοβολία (phyllobolia) collected here, add Lucretius 2.624-628 (cult of Magna Mater, tr. R.E. Latham):
So, when first she is escorted into some great city and mutely enriches mortals with wordless benediction, they strew her path all along the route with a lavish largesse of copper and silver and shadow the Mother and her retinue with a snow of roses.

ergo cum primum magnas invecta per urbis
munificat tacita mortalis muta salute,
aere atque argento sternunt iter omne viarum
largifica stipe ditantes ninguntque rosarum
floribus umbrantes matrem comitumque catervam.

A parallel to ΣR's comment ("a metaphor from donkeys; for when they are joyful, they fart") on Aristophanes, Peace 335, from Hesychius (tr. J.M. Edmonds in his Elegy and Iambus, vol. 2, pp. 306-307):
Fitz-Stinkards on the father's side because mules are the offspring of asses.

πατρόθεν πορδηκίδαι (mss πορδικάδαι) ὅτι πατέρων ὄνων εἰσὶν ἡμίονοι.
Cf. Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, I, 16 (tr. J.M. Cohen):
It was no more possible to draw a word from him than a fart from a dead donkey.

Greek words for tambourine:

On bearded philosophers, see Pliny, Letters 1.10.6 (on the philosopher Euphrates, tr. Betty Radice):
He is moreover tall and distinguished to look at, with long hair and a flowing white beard, and though these may sound like natural advantages of no real importance, they help to make him widely respected.

Ad hoc proceritas corporis, decora facies, demissus capillus, ingens et cana barba; quae licet fortuita et inania putentur, illi tamen plurimum venerationis acquirunt.

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