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Headword: *)all' ei)/ tis u(mw=n e)n *samoqra/|kh| memuhme/nos e)sti
Adler number: alpha,1164
Translated headword: but if there is someone among you initiated in Samothrace, now is a fine time to pray that both feet of the pursuer be put out of joint
Vetting Status: high
In Samothrace[1] there were certain initiation-rites, which they supposed efficacious as a charm against certain dangers. In that place were also the mysteries of the Corybantes and those of Hecate and the Zerinthan cave, where they sacrificed dogs.[2] The initiates supposed that these things save [them] from terrors and from storms.[3] The bone-socket of the pursuer to be "be put out of joint" means to "be distorted and dislocated". The way forward becomes an obstacle to him, so that he can no longer turn back.
Greek Original:
*)all' ei)/ tis u(mw=n e)n *samoqra/|kh| memuhme/nos e)sti, nu=n eu)/casqai kalo/n, a)postrafh=nai tou= metio/ntos tw\ po/de: e)n *samoqra/|kh| h)=san teletai/ tines, a(\s e)do/koun telei=sqai pro\s a)lecifa/rmakon kindu/nwn tinw=n. h)=n de\ e)kei=se kai\ ta\ tw=n *koruba/ntwn musth/ria kai\ ta\ th=s *(eka/ths kai\ to\ *zh/rinqon a)/ntron, h(=| ku/nas e)/quon. e)do/koun de\ tau=ta oi( memuhme/noi e)k tw=n deinw=n sw/zesqai kai\ e)k xeimw/nwn. a)postrafh=nai de\ a)nti\ tou= diastrafh=nai kai\ klasqh=nai tou= metio/ntos to\n doi/duka. e)nanti/an au)tw=| th\n ei)s to\ deu/teron gene/sqai o(do/n, w(/ste mhke/ti au)to\n u(postre/yai.
The long headword phrase is an inexact quotation of Aristophanes, Peace 277-279; the gloss is from the scholia thereto.
[1] An island in the N Aegean. See sigma 79 (the second part of which repeats the material of the present entry), and generally OCD(4) s.v. (p.1314).
[2] cf. zeta 86.
[3] See generally OCD(4) pp.990-1, s.v. 'mysteries'.
Keywords: comedy; geography; medicine; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 7 May 2000@11:34:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword, translation, keywords; augmented notes) on 28 January 2001@08:16:35.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 12 June 2002@08:09:22.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 5 February 2012@07:17:10.
David Whitehead (updated OCD refs) on 30 July 2014@04:22:52.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 4 June 2018@01:53:12.


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