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Headword: Apemorxamên
Adler number: alpha,3019
Translated headword: I brushed away (tears)
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] I wiped away [tears], I cried. "So that I felt pity, and I brushed away tears, seeing an elderly man panic-striken by an archer-fellow."[1] For it follows by logic that he brushed away tears.
Or a)pemo/rcato ["he/she/it brushed away"], [meaning he/she/it] adapted.
"He had just brushed rain from his hair, but on his track had come an ox-eating lion into the hollow path."[2]
Also a)pemo/rcato [in the sense of he/she/it] cast off, smeared off.[3]
Greek Original:
Apemorxamên: apepsêsamên, edakrusa. hôst' egô men êleêsa, kapemorxamên, idôn andra presbutên hup' andros toxotou kukômenon. apo tou parakolouthountos. parepetai gar tois dakruousin apomattesthai. ê Apemorxato, exômoiôsato. hueton arti komês apemorxato, tou de kat' ichnos bouphagos eis koilên atrapon hikto leôn. kai Apemorxato, apebaleto, apesmêxato.
Similar material in other lexica.
[1] Aristophanes, Acharnians 706-707 (web address 1 below), with comment from the scholia there. Again at omega 243. Such "archers" enforced law and order in Athens.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.217.3-4, attributed to Simonides; again at beta 473. The preceding verses are quoted at kappa 1050. On this epigram, in which a Gallus scares away a lion by beating his timbrel, see Gow and Page vol. I (180); vol. II (517-518); and further extracts at epsilon 1196, eta 482, lambda 147, and omicron 541. Although u(eto/s (here in the accusative singular) is indeed "rain", prior lines in the epigram (cf. kappa 105) reveal that the Gallus has taken shelter from a snowstorm. It is thus likely that he is brushing snow--or, as Gow and Page suggest (vol. II, 518), melted snow--from his hair. The Galli (cf. gamma 41, gamma 42) were eunuch priests of Kybele (kappa 2586).
[3] Whether this relates to the passages just quoted or to another one is unclear.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; meter and music; poetry; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 15 October 2001@21:58:31.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 16 October 2001@08:31:02.
David Whitehead (more notes; another keyword; betacode and other cosmetics) on 26 March 2012@08:50:24.
Catharine Roth (coding, upgraded link) on 4 July 2012@21:29:47.
David Whitehead on 6 August 2015@06:19:10.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation and note) on 8 February 2019@18:42:36.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 8 February 2019@18:48:13.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keywords) on 27 April 2022@12:12:13.
Ronald Allen (corrected reference n.2) on 2 May 2022@11:20:00.
Ronald Allen (further expanded n.2) on 5 May 2022@11:27:18.


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