Who sings the Hoopoe´s Song? Aristophanes, Birds 202-208

TitleWho sings the Hoopoe´s Song? Aristophanes, Birds 202-208
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLiapis, V
Ancient AuthorsAristophanes Comic. (TLG 0019)
JournalClassical Quarterly
Pagination 413-417

At Aristophanes, Birds 172ff., Peisetaerus persuades the Hoopoe that the birds would be better off building a city in the clouds. The Hoopoe announces that he will go off to summon the other birds to an assembly, so that the proposal may be approved. ‘How will you summon them?’, asks Peisetaerus. ‘That's easy’, replies the Hoopoe:

δɛυρὶ γὰρ ἐμβὰς αὐτίκα μάλ' ɛἰς τὴν λόχμην,
ἔπɛιτ' ἀνɛγɛίρας τὴν ἐμὴν ἀηδόνα,
καλοῦμɛν αὐτούς· οἱ δὲ νῷν τοῦ ϕθέγματος
ἐάνπɛρ ἐπακούσωσι θɛύσονται δρόμῳ. 205

ὦ ϕίλτατ' ὀρνίθων σύ, μή νυν ἕσταθι·
ἀλλ', ἀντιβολῶ σ', ἄγ' ὡς τάχιστ' ɛἰς τὴν λόχμην
ɛἴσβαινɛ κἀνέγɛιρɛ τὴν ἀηδόνα.


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