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Headword: Porthmis
Adler number: pi,2073
Translated headword: ferryboat
Vetting Status: high
[Ferry-boat] and ferry-dinghy.[1]
"You who sail the water of Acheron in a dark ferryboat."[2]
Greek Original:
Porthmis kai Porthmidion. tou d' Acherontos hudôr, hos plôeis porthmidi kuaneêi.
cf. generally pi 2069, pi 2070, pi 2071, pi 2072.
[1] The twin headwords (unglossed) are feminine porqmi/s, used in the quotation given, and its neuter diminutive porqmi/dion. The latter is otherwise attested only in Theophylact Simocatta, Histories 7.5.3 (genitive plural).
[2] Greek Anthology 7.67.1-2 (Leonidas of Tarentum); epitaph of Diogenes the Cynic, addressed to Charon [Author, Myth]; here with the reading tou= *)axe/rontos in place of the original (and more poetical) tou=t' *)axe/rontos. See Gow and Page (vol. I, 126), adopting the more poetical reading; (vol. II, 367-368); and further lines from this epigram at alpha 3638, beta 114, epsilon 2061, epsilon 3944, and omicron 124. Gow and Page (vol. I, 126) follow the Anthologia Palatina scribe designated C (the Corrector) and the Suda here in reading porqmi/di, ferryboat, in the dative singular; they note, however, that the Anthologia Palatina instead reads puqmi/di, otherwise unattested and evidently an error. On Diogenes the Cynic, the ascetic skeptical philosopher, cf. delta 1141, delta 1143, and delta 1144. On Charon, ferryman of the dead over the river Acheron to Hades, see chi 135.
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: dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; imagery; mythology; philosophy; poetry; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 17 February 2013@14:32:18.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked betacode, set status) on 17 February 2013@23:32:51.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaking) on 18 February 2013@04:49:16.
David Whitehead on 10 October 2013@07:56:09.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 11 July 2015@16:49:11.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keywords) on 5 January 2021@18:07:29.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2) on 5 January 2021@19:34:55.
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