Greek word for "wanker."

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Greek word for "wanker."

Post by vir litterarum » Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:18 am

I read in an article that Demosthenes uses the word α?τολεκύθος to describe men as "wankers," but I can't find it in LSJ. Can anyone corroborate this for me?

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Post by Didymus » Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:33 am

Dem. 54.14, 54.16: α?τολήκυθος. As for wanker, well, that's interpretive.

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Post by vir litterarum » Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:21 am

Thanks for your reply. Oswyn Murray in his article "The Affair of the Mysteries: Democracy and the Drinking Group" merely translates it as "Wankers." I found a more balanced discussion here.

http://books.google.com/books?id=bMG0Iq ... g#PPA21,M1

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