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Headword: *(alwa/s
Adler number: alpha,1373
Translated headword: threshing-floors, orchards
Vetting Status: high
[sc. The same as] a(lwni/ai, the places where grain is threshed. It is also tree-bearing ground. [The noun] a(lw|h/ [comes] from the [verb] a(loiw= with an iota. "Wasting Oeneus' orchard."[1]
But [sc. the headword] a(lwa/s [comes] from the [noun] a(/lws, without an iota.
[sc. The genitive] a(/lwnos is used, and the dative a(/lwni.
"Here by the threshing-floor, o ant, much-suffering worker, I built for you a tomb of dry clod."[2]
Greek Original:
*(alwa/s: a(lwni/as, tou\s to/pous e)/nqa o( si=tos a(loa=tai. e)/sti de\ kai\ h( dendrofo/ros gh=. a)po\ tou= a)loiw= e)sti\n a(lw|h\ su\n tw=| i. e)/qwn *oi)nh=os a(lw|h/n. to\ de\ a(lwa\s a)po\ tou= a(/lws, a)/neu tou= i. le/getai de\ *(/alwnos kai\ a(/lwni h( dotikh/. au)tou= soi par' a(/lwni duhpaqe\s e)rga/ta mu/rmhc h)ri/on e)k bw/lou diya/dos e)ktisa/mhn.
The headword is accusative plural, quoted from Homer, Iliad 5.499 (web address 1); cf. the scholia there.
cf. generally alpha 1305, alpha 1321, alpha 1330, alpha 1372, alpha 1385.
[1] Homer Iliad 9.540 (web address 2).
[2] Greek Anthology 7.209.1-2 (generally attributed to Antipater of Sidon), epitaph for an ant; again at delta 1567; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 30), (vol. II, 79-80), and another extract from this epigram at eta 511.
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 addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: agriculture; botany; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 1 June 2000@11:59:46.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 30 June 2002@03:51:09.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 1 July 2002@23:57:39.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 27 March 2005@00:39:48.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; betacode and other cosmetics) on 10 February 2012@03:52:00.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 16 March 2012@18:28:58.
Ronald Allen (added links, expanded n.2, added bibliography) on 18 July 2021@12:18:41.


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