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Headword: *)amfi/qeton fia/lhn
Adler number: alpha,1731
Translated headword: set-about bowl, set-about phiale
Vetting Status: high
On every part of it when it is placed, [it is] without a base.
Not the drinking vessel that we use, but a type of basin, which is able to rest on every side.
Greek Original:
*)amfi/qeton fia/lhn: kata\ pa=n me/ros au)th=s tiqeme/nhs, a)pu/qmenon. ou) to\ par' h(mi=n poth/rion, a)lla\ ge/nos le/bhtos, e)k panto\s me/rous duna/menon e(/dran e)/xein.
The two-word phrase in the accusative case which forms the present headword -- reversed at phi 283 -- occurs in Homer, Iliad 23.270 (web address 1; nominative case at line 616). The second gloss here comes from the scholia there (and the first gloss from Photius and other lexica). In fact ancient commentators could not agree whether the adjective meant able to stand on both ends or with a handle on each side: see Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 11.500F-501D (11.103 Kaibel), and summarily in LSJ s.v.
For the shallow phiale cf. phi 284.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: art history; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; trade and manufacture
Translated by: William Hutton on 24 April 2001@23:59:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified note; added keyword) on 25 April 2001@09:51:38.
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; augmented notes and keywords) on 9 May 2006@07:23:42.
David Whitehead on 19 February 2012@08:55:41.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 3 March 2012@22:59:11.
David Whitehead (expanded a ref) on 14 January 2015@03:43:56.


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