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Discola grece difficilia Cassius felix capitulo de metromania.


In B Discola is not given beginning of the line headword status, but it is part of a column consisting of serveral diverse entries with the column beginning on the previous page with Dipteris.
difficilia AC efjp | dificilia B


Discola is Greek and it means "difficult, troublesome" as mentioned in Cassius Felix, the chapter De metromania {"{a form of} hysteria"}.


Greek δύσκολος /dýskolos/ - itacist /dískolos/ - consists of δυσ- /dys-/ {indicating adversity} + κόλον /kólon/ {"nourishment"}. It originally meant "hard to satisfy with food" and from there expanded semantically to "troublesome, unpleasant, difficult".

Simon here refers to Cassius Felix De medicina, 79, ed. Fraisse (2001: 214). Ad metromaniam {"On hysteria"} where he says: Metromaniam latino sermone matricis furores sive insaniam dicimus. Hoc medicamentum convenit, et ad omnia carcinomata matricis id est cancerosa, et ad alia dyscola id est difficilia valde bonum probatur – "For metromania {lit. "insanity of the womb; hysteria"} we say in Latin matricis furores {"fury of the womb"} or matricis insania {"insanity of the womb"}. And the following medication is suitable, and its fitness is very well proven for all carcinomata of the womb, that is cancerous ulcers, and other diseases {the Greeks call} dyscola, i.e. troublesome to treat". And Cassius continues by listing the ingredients for this medication.
This text is also available online in the Rose edition (1879: 191) [[1]].

WilfGunther 18:12, 30 July 2014 (BST)

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