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Headword: Holophernês
Adler number: omicron,210
Translated headword: Holofernes, Holophernes
Vetting Status: high
Generalissimo of Kambyses,[1] son of Kyros/Cyrus. Kambyses was waging a war against Arphazad,[2] king of the Medes, and sought an alliance from all the peoples as far as Egypt. When they had not given him one, he followed his victory against Arphazad by starting a war against those who had not helped him, sending off Holofernes with a large army; and he overpowered them all. Arriving at the Jewish city of Betyloua,[3] he despatched his general Achior, threatening to kill him if he did not take the city. Achior gained control of the waters and readily compelled the city to surrender to him. But Judith went out, decorated like a bride, and beheaded Holofernes; and the city was saved.
And [sc. the name] declines [Holofern]ou.
Greek Original:
Holophernês, archistratêgos Kambusou, huiou Kurou. polemon de echôn ho Kambusês pros Arphazad, basilea Mêdôn, kai summachian aitêsas para tôn ethnôn hapantôn heôs Aiguptou kai mê dedôkotôn autôi, meta to nikêsai Arphazad polemon etheto kata tôn mê dedôkotôn autôi boêtheian, aposteilas Holophernên meta dunameôs pollês: hos pantôn ekratêsen. elthôn de peri Betulouan tên tôn Ioudaiôn polin apesteilen Achiôr ton stratêgon autou, epapeilêsas autôi, ei mê heloito tên polin, anairêsein auton. ho de Achiôr kratêsas ta hudata ênankasen hetoimôs echein ekdounai autôi tên polin. hê de Ioudêth exelthousa kekosmêmenê hôs numphê apekephalise ton Holophernên, kai esôthê hê polis. kai klinetai eis ou.
See already at the 'Judith' entries (iota 430, iota 431).
[1] Of Nebuchadnezzar in other versions.
[2] This name is spelled *)arfaca/d in other sources, and the editio princeps of Demetrius Chalcocondyles adopted this spelling.
[3] Taken to be Meselieh.
Keywords: biography; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; religion; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 December 2009@06:27:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note and keywords, set status) on 7 December 2009@12:02:42.
David Whitehead (more notes) on 8 December 2009@03:10:23.
David Whitehead on 25 June 2013@03:16:54.
Catharine Roth (my typo) on 19 May 2015@01:13:44.


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