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Headword: *)ambro/sion
Adler number: alpha,1539
Translated headword: ambrosial
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] divine or immortal or wondrous.[1]
Or undefiled, uncorrupted.[2]
"For the girl was some ambrosial child of Loves and Graces."[3]
Greek Original:
*)ambro/sion: qei=on h)\ a)qa/naton h)\ qaumasto/n. h)\ a)kh/raton, a)/fqarton. h)=n ga\r *)erw/twn kai\ *xari/twn h( pai=s a)mbro/sio/n ti qa/los.
Masculine accusative singular or neuter nominative/accusative singular of this adjective (for which see already alpha 1538, and cf. alpha 1537 and alpha 1540). Perhaps extracted from the quotation given here, where it is neuter; alternatively from Homer. (There are three almost identical instances in the Iliad -- 5.369, 13.35, 14.178; and Latte on Hesychius s.v. chooses the last.)
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica; references at Photius alpha1169 Theodoridis.
[2] cf. alpha 1540.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.292.3-4 (Hedylus), Niconoe's dedication to Priapus in gratitude for her victory in a beauty competition, again at theta 12; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 100); (vol. II, 289-290); and further excerpts from this epigram at alpha 1357, kappa 241, lambda 63, lambda 468, mu 1136, and pi 2936. On the young woman's unexpected dedication to Priapus, see alpha 1357 note.
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: children; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 1 August 2000@12:52:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 28 February 2001@10:12:16.
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