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Headword: Tetrakorumbos
Adler number: tau,393
Translated headword: four-clustered, four-clustering
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] that which has 4 extremities. "May the four-clustered ivy flourish around you, Anacreon."[1]
Greek Original:
Tetrakorumbos: ho d# akras echôn. thalloi tetrakorumbos, Anakreon, amphi se kissos.
The headword adjective occurs, uniquely, in the epigram quoted.
[1] Greek Anthology 7.23.1 (Antipater of Sidon), on Anacreon; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 15); (vol. II, 43-44); and further extracts from this epigram at alpha 3777, mu 437, and chi 518. At beta 110 and delta 705 are further lines that have been claimed to continue this epigram. Here, the "four-clustered ivy" is most likely to be identified as korumbi/as (Hedera helix, European (English) Ivy, LSJ s.v. (web address 1)); cf. Gow and Page (vol. II, 43) and Theophrastus (Historia plantarum (Enquiry into Plants) 3.18.6). "Four-clustered" is not in fact descriptive of Hedera helix, and Gow and Page suggest (vol. II, 43) that the epigram's sense here is intensive rather than enumerative. For Anacreon see alpha 1916.
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)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; poetry
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 21 December 2013@01:24:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; another keyword) on 22 December 2013@04:02:40.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keyword) on 11 June 2021@16:48:52.


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