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Headword: *gri=fos
Adler number: gamma,458
Translated headword: riddle, conundrum
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] an obscure utterance.
"On Ios boys vexed Homer, weaving a riddle out of Muses."[1]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "riddle-like utterance".[2]
Greek Original:
*gri=fos: o( a)safh\s lo/gos. *)/iw| e)ni\ pai=des *(/omhron h)/kaxon, e)k *mousw=n gri=fon u(fhna/menoi. kai\ *grifw/dhs lo/gos.
See already gamma 457.
[1] Greek Anthology 7.1.1-2 (Alcaeus), an epitaph (quoted again more fully at eta 162) appearing on Homer's alleged tomb at Ios; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 6), (vol. II, 16-17), and a further extract from this epigram at chi 521. The reference is to Homer's death, according to legend, on the Aegean island of Ios (south of the Cyclades islands of Paros and Naxos, Barrington Atlas map 61 grid A4), when he could not answer the riddle posed to him by boys; see omicron 251.
[2] Quotation unattributable. (The adjective grifw/dhs is also used of Apollo, as a giver of obscure oracles, in Lucian, Jupiter Tragoedus 28 (Loeb edn. vol. 2, p. 130), where we should probably read it with an iota-subscript (grifw/|dhs) 'singer of riddles'.)
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)
Keywords: biography; children; definition; epic; geography; poetry; religion
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 12 December 2000@09:02:20.
Vetted by:
Ross Scaife ✝ on 12 December 2000@09:53:40.
David Whitehead (augmented and rearranged notes; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 29 July 2003@10:03:16.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 21 July 2006@11:24:25.
David Whitehead (supplemented tr; another keyword; cosmetics) on 11 June 2012@08:20:03.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 29 September 2015@10:01:54.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 16 April 2016@22:20:41.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added cross-reference, added bibliography) on 15 October 2020@21:34:40.
Ronald Allen (augmented n.1) on 16 October 2020@12:58:12.


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