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λέσχ-η , , (prob. from Λέχ-σκη, cf. λέχος) orig.
A.couch: hence, funeral bier or tomb, IG12(1).709 (Camirus); then,
3. later, public building or hall, used as a lounge or meeting-place, esp. at Sparta and in other Doric cities, Cratin.164 (pl.), cf. Paus.3.14.2, Plu.Lyc.16, 24 (pl.); also in Attica, IG12.888, 2.1055.23, Hes.Op.491; at Delphi, hall adorned with paintings by Polygnotus, Luc.Im.7, Paus.10.25.1; at Cnidus, council-chamber, Plu.2.412d, cf. 298d; of the council of the Olympian gods, Ζεὺς ἇς λέσχας ἀπηξιώσατο (sc. τὰς Ἐρινῦς) A.Eu.366 (lyr.); also σύγκλητον τήνδε γερόντων λ. this specially summoned council, S.Ant.161 (anap.).
II. talk or gossip, such as went on in the λέσχαι (cf. λεσχηνεύω, etc.), “μακραὶ λ.E.Hipp.384, cf. IA1001 (pl.), Epicr.11.32 (pl., anap.), LXX Pr.23.29 (pl.), AP13.6 (Phal.); in bad sense, malicious gossip, scandal, Vett. Cat.Cod.Astr.8(1).165 (pl.); also in good sense, conversation, discussion, “γενομένης λ., ὃς γένοιτο . . ἄριστοςHdt.9.71; “ἐκ λόγων ἄλλων ἀπικέσθαι ἐς λ. περὶ τοῦ ΝείλουId.2.32; λόγον εἴ τιν᾽ οἴσεις πρὸς ἐμὰν λ. if thou hast aught to discuss with me, S.OC167 (lyr.); “αἶσαν λέσχης οἶνος ἔχειν ἐθέλειCall. Aet.1.1.16; “ἥλιον ἐν λέσχῃ κατεδύσαμενId.Epigr.2.3; λύω λέσχας, 'cut the cackle', prov. for breaking off discussion and setting to work in earnest, Pl.Com.223.
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    • Euripides, Hippolytus, 384
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    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 167
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