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Headword: Aiolê nux
Adler number: alphaiota,247
Translated headword: sparkling night, swift-circling night, ever-turning night
Vetting Status: high
That is black, or speckled because of the stars.[1]
Greek Original:
Aiolê nux: êtoi melaina, ê poikilê dia ta astra.
Likewise or similarly in other lexica, and cf. the scholia to Sophocles, Trachiniae 94, where the headword phrase occurs. (See further below.) Some take it to mean either "the ever-turning (or swift-circling) night" or "darkening night."
For discussion of the many possible meanings of its adjective see alphaiota 253, cf. alphaiota 245, alphaiota 246.
[1] Sophocles, Trachiniae 94 (with ai)o/la not ai)o/lh: text at web address 1). The scholia there have a fuller gloss: "black, according to the modern school; or multicoloured (= dotted?) because of the stars; or 'night the swift' because of nukti\ qoh=| ('in swift night') in Homer (Iliad 12.463, cf. 10.394, 468, 24.366, 653, Odyssey 12.284)." For Homer's concept of the coming of night as a swift-moving substance through which one walks, see R.R. Dyer, Glotta 52 (1974) 31-36.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; imagery; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 24 December 2001@14:49:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead on 30 December 2001@07:24:00.
Robert Dyer (extended notes, added x-refs and possible alternatives transes, raised status) on 23 February 2003@11:35:31.
Catharine Roth on 23 February 2003@16:18:39.
David Whitehead (another keyword; note cosmetics) on 15 May 2012@08:09:28.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 16 May 2012@01:02:23.
David Whitehead (coding and other cosmetics) on 29 November 2015@04:53:46.


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