Tools

Livius Andronicus

Fabulae Palliatae

Gladiolus

1

Festus, 258, 14: ‘Pedes’ . . . pro pediculis . . . Livius in Gladiolo—

Pulicesne an cimices an pedes? Responde mihi.

Cp. Plaut., Curc., 499–500.

Ludius

2

Festus, 488, 32: ‘Scenam’ genus <fuisse ferri> manifestum est, sed utrum securis an dolabra sit ambigitur; quam Cincius in libro qui est de verbis priscis dolabram ait esse pontificiam. Livius in Ludio—

corruit quasi ictus scena, haut multo secus.

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Comedies in Greek Dress

Comedies in Greek Dress

The Daggera

1

Festus: ‘Pedes’ . . . stands for ‘pediculi’ (lice) . . . Livius in The Dagger

Fleas or bugs or lice? Come, answer me.

The Gamesterb

2

Festus: ‘Scena.’ It is manifest that this was a kind of iron tool, but it is doubtful whether it is a hatchet or a pickaxe. Cincius, in his book which deals with archaic words, says it is a priest’s pickaxe. Livius in The Gamester

Down fell he as one with a pick-axe struck— Not very far from that.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livius_andronicus-comedies_greek_dress.1936