A Note on Some Unusual Greek Words for Eyes

Classical Quarterly 30 (1):252-256 (1980)
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Abstract

In Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society N.S. 14, 68, D. C. C. Young drew attention to a curious variant in the text of Longus 2.2.1, where, in a description of how, at the vintage, women ‘eyed’ Daphnis, A has concluding that ‘brothers’ must be a colloquial expression for ‘eyes’, he was however unable to cite any other example of this usage, but compared ‘picked men’, in Paulus Silentiarius, a locution found in a small range of other authors, as well as ‘comrades on the flank, bystanders’ ‘twins’ = testicles, and French jumelles - binoculars.

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