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Headword: *)amalqei/as ke/ras
Adler number: alpha,1478
Translated headword: Amaltheia's horn, Amalthea's horn
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those who are living in plenty and steering a straight course and are flourishing.[1]
In Myths: "there where life for me is a horn of the goat Amaltheia."[2]
For Amaltheia [was] the nurse of Zeus, [sc. the name deriving] from the [verb] mala/ssesqai ["to be softened"].
Greek Original:
*)amalqei/as ke/ras: e)pi\ tw=n a)fqo/nws zw/ntwn kai\ eu)qunou/ntwn kai\ eu)pragou/ntwn. e)n *mu/qois: e)/nq' i(/na moi bi/os e)sti\n *)amalqei/hs ke/ras ai)go/s. *)ama/lqeia ga\r h( trofo\s tou= *dio\s para\ to\ mh\ mala/ssesqai.
See generally OCD(4) p.67: a goat, later rationalized into a nymph. Referenced at kappa 1369.
In Job 42.14 LXX the name of one of Job's three daughters, Keren-Heppuch, is rendered in Greek as Amaltheia's-horn.
[1] In the paroemiographers, e.g. Zenobius 2.48 (cf. 1.26: alphaiota 237).
[2] A fragment of dactylic fable, included in an appendix to Crusius' edition of Babrius, p.217.
Keywords: daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; imagery; mythology; proverbs; religion; women; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 9 June 2000@13:02:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and bibliography; cosmetics) on 6 February 2001@07:41:33.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 3 January 2002@21:58:24.
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 7 July 2002@05:21:13.
Catharine Roth (added note) on 6 June 2003@18:44:52.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 February 2012@05:20:30.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@05:12:30.
David Whitehead on 15 August 2015@08:08:28.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 1 August 2019@19:39:44.
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