Tuesday, February 08, 2022


Some Gods

Aristophanes, Knights 221 (Demosthenes to Sausage-Seller; tr. Alan H. Sommerstein):
Now crown yourself and pour libation to the god Blockhead...

ἀλλὰ στεφανοῦ καὶ σπένδε τῷ Κοαλέμῳ...
Id. 634-638 (prayer uttered by Sausage-Seller):
I said, "Come now, ye Saucies and Bamboozlers, ye Follies and Imps; come, god of Cheek, and Agora in which I was brought up as a boy, give me now a brazen boldness, a resourceful tongue and a shameless voice."

"ἄγε δὴ Σκίταλοι καὶ Φένακες," ἦν δ᾽ ἐγώ,
"Βερέσχεθοί τε καὶ Κόβαλοι καὶ Μόθων,        635
ἀγορά τ᾽ ἐν ᾗ παῖς ὢν ἐπαιδεύθην ἐγώ,
νῦν μοι φράσος καὶ γλῶτταν εὔπορον δότε
φωνήν τ᾽ ἀναιδῆ."

635 τε καὶ Κόβαλοι codd.: Κοαλέμοί τε Dobree
Μόθων Kuster: Μόθωνες codd.
Some say English goblin is related to Greek κόβαλος, but see the discussion by Anatoly Liberman.

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