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Headword: All' ei tis humôn en Samothraikêi memuêmenos esti
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 humôn en Samothraikêi memuêmenos esti, nun euxasthai kalon, apostraphênai tou metiontos tô pode: en Samothraikêi êsan teletai tines, has edokoun teleisthai pros alexipharmakon kindunôn tinôn. ên de ekeise kai ta tôn Korubantôn mustêria kai ta tês Hekatês kai to Zêrinthon antron, hêi kunas ethuon. edokoun de tauta hoi memuêmenoi ek tôn deinôn sôzesthai kai ek cheimônôn. apostraphênai de anti tou diastraphênai kai klasthênai tou metiontos ton doiduka. enantian autôi tên eis to deuteron genesthai hodon, hôste mêketi auton hupostrepsai.
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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