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An Arcadian Toast (Harmod. FGrH 319 F1)

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This paper deals with the transmitted text εδειπνιαις and εδειπνειας in a fragment of Harmodius of Lepreum (FGrH 319 F1 = Athenaeus 149b and 479c). Modern editors believe both εδειπνιαις and εδειπνειας to be a corruption of the genitive εδειπνας, which is accordingly interpreted as a toast meaning ‘a good appetite’. The author claims that this view must be rejected on several grounds. Other conjectures (ε δειπνεας, ε δεπνειας) are further analyzed and also discarded. Finally, it is shown that the only satisfactory reading is ε δειπνας = Att. ε δειπνσαις, ‘may you have a nice dinner’.

Affiliations: 1: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Filología, Departamento de Filología Griega, Ciudad Universitaria 28040 Madrid Spain, Email:


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