παραγραμμίζω τὰ τῶν θεῶν ὀνόματα -> miswrite the gods' names

spiros

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παραγραμμίζει τὰ τῶν θεῶν -> makes the gods nugatory;
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I'm afraid the Oxford boys missed the point (and the full papyrus reading) here.  The first-century BCE Epicurean philosopher Philodemus, in his On Piety (Herculaneum papyrus ed. Obbink, fr. 19.534), quotes Epicurus criticizing comic authors for parodizing the gods by changing letters of their names:  κα[ὶ γὰρ] παραγραμ̣μίζ[ουσι] τὰ τ̣[ῶ]ν̣ θεῶν [ὀνόμα-]τα:  "You see, they even miswrite (literal and natural sense of παραγραμ̣μίζω) the gods' names!"  Though Philodemus (or the papyrus) is not so impious as to produce examples, we can guess that Epicurus means lines like ὦ Βδεῦ δέσποτα ("O Lord Fart" [from βδέω, "fart"], Comicorum Atticorum fragmenta adespota [vol iii, 28 Kock]) instead of ὦ Zεῦ δέσποτα ("O Lord Zeus");  or again the exclamation of the wife in Philogelos 232 whose barn-breathed husband is trying to kiss her while murmuring "O my Hera": "O my stinker!" (Ὀζεύς μου, from ὄζω, "stink") instead of ὦ Zεύς μου, "O my Zeus!"

 
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