In the s-of dialects such as Boeotian
, we would have to presume that a parallel but evidently independent shift occurred in that dialect's prehistory.
Athenian general Melanthus, in a war-settling duel to the death with his opposite number from the Boeotian
camp, uses trickery to win (pp.
as its "oldest and only sure representation in Attic art," while on a Boeotian
red-figured skyphos dating from the same period Heracles is depicted as giving to a woman (Omphale?) his bow and as being prepared to offer her his other attributes as well.
In the midst of devastating war, the Athenians decided to turn and defeat Sparta's Boeotian
allies to the north.
Letter Two 15 April 1859 Beotian herd Boeotia was a country district of ancient Greece, and the term 'boeotian
' came to signify dull and stupid.
vulgo dicimus 'bot' pro 'Boeoto,'" he notes in an adage entitled "A Boeotian
389-98), and eating and drinking were probably part of the usual festivities.(48) Women seem to have held neighbourhood parties in honour of other deities as well: for example, in Aristophanes' Lysistrata, the women's chorus lament that their neighbours cannot provide Boeotian
eel for a private celebration (which Henderson calls a `neighbourhood picnic'(49)) in honour of Hecate (700-3).
A certain Melanthos, a legendary ancestor of Solon (and hence of Plato), putting himself forward as the Athenian champion in the single combat that would decide the war, devised a ruse which enabled him to defeat and kill the Boeotian
has phonological features found in Doric dialects (Buck, pp.
Hence the translator mistakes satire for a genuine tragedy, albeit a Boeotian
Recall the Violemobile, her campaign wagon, "a fourwheel-drive pickup" with "a canopy to protect me from the sun, pillows to mitigate the blows from the potholes on the road." The elegant Violeta recalls with distaste being "rolled out like some traveling circus attraction." She confides, "I know the importance of symbolism and the value of making the right gestures"--a rare truth in this repetitive, fuddled, Boeotian
and dispiriting autobiography.
Browning's wry art makes us smile if we realize that for the nonce an archaism ("an one") phonemically and solecistically represents the duke trying to reduce his blundering, incomparable wife to a "none." Such a Boeotian
rule of the duchess and a recreative contest with Fra Pandolf (who is no Michelangelo, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Moroni, Bronzino, or Bastianino)(5) are spoiled, nonetheless.
In German as well as in English, the invective Bootier or Boeotian
(from the ancient Greek area northwest of Athens) denotes someone who is uncivilized, uncouth, indolent, or, exactly, "stupid" (dumm); and Brecht, the pupil of an old-fashioned Bavarian Realgymnasium, was doubtless aware of this figurative meaning.
The Greeks of Naucratis and Memphis,(85) and the Boeotian
community Alexander the Great discovered near Babylon,(86) are the best-known examples (non-Greek examples are, significantly, harder to find).
Having defeated Pindar, the famous Theban (or Boeotian
) poet Corinna is said to have advised him to cut down on mythological allusions in his verse; in retaliation Pindar, in a version of the familiar name-calling of the schoolyard, called her "Boeotian
sow."(3) Dryden gives Thomas a bad name in a far more subtle sense.