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Headword: Meledêmata
Adler number: mu,473
Translated headword: cares, concerns
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] anxieties.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the adjective] meledh/mwn, [genitive] meledh/monos "careful."[2]
In the Epigrams:[3] "careful weaving-comb[4] of close-woven clothes."
Greek Original:
Meledêmata: merimnêmata. kai Meledêmôn, meledêmonos. en Epigrammasi: poluspatheôn meledêmona kerkida peplôn.
The headword, evidently quoted from somewhere (probably Homer, where it occurs once in the Iliad and 4 times in the Odyssey; cf. next note), is a neuter noun in the nominative/accusative plural.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica (see the references at Photius mu227 Theodoridis), including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon.
[2] See LSJ s.v. at web address 1.
[3] Greek Anthology 6 (Dedicatory Epigrams) 39.5 (Archias), again at pi 2005, a dedication to Athena by three sisters of their spinning and weaving instruments; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 404-405); (vol. II, 437); and further extracts from this epigram at alpha 3749, alpha 4378, mu 1135, tau 38, and chi 208.
[4] kerki/da can also mean "weaver's shuttle" (see LSJ s.v. web address 2, and kappa 1400). In the context of the Anthology, Paton explains: "the kerki\s is the comb with which the threads of the woof are driven home in the upright loom" (p.380 n.2).
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge, 1968)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge, 1968)
Paton, W.R. 1916. The Greek Anthology v.1. London and New York
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: clothing; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; poetry; religion; science and technology; trade and manufacture; women
Translated by: Kyle Helms on 3 June 2009@17:07:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (restored previous vetting status) on 4 June 2009@03:46:23.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; tweaking) on 15 May 2013@03:34:55.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 14 April 2015@11:15:01.
Ronald Allen (coding n.4; expanded n.3, added further bibliography, added cross-references, added keywords) on 30 October 2020@21:24:35.


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