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Headword: *)apa/rxesqai
Adler number: alpha,2931
Translated headword: to offer first-fruits
Vetting Status: high
[Used] with a genitive. [Meaning] to pay money to the collectors.
Also [sc. attested is] a)pa/rxou, [meaning] make a start or offer up first-fruits.[1]
Also [sc. attested is] a)parco/meqa, meaning we will offer first-fruits. "Unless [there be] small favor from few; if you give more, and from many, spirit, we will offer first-fruits."[2]
Greek Original:
*)apa/rxesqai: genikh=|. to\ toi=s a)gu/rtais a)rgu/rion e)mba/llein. kai\ *)apa/rxou, a)rxh\n ba/lle h)\ a)parxa\s pro/sfere. kai\ *)aparco/meqa a)nti\ tou= a)parxa\s prosoi/somen. ei) mh\ d' e)c o)li/gwn o)li/gh xa/ris: ei) de\ didoi/hs plei/ona, kai\ pollw=n, dai=mon, a)parco/meqa.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica. This imperative must be quoted from somewhere; probably, as Latte on Hesychius s.v. suggests, the Septuagint (Proverbs 3.9).
[2] Greek Anthology 6.238.5-6 (Apollonides), a poor farmer's dedication; cf. Gow and Page vol. I (128-129); vol. II (149); and further excerpts from this epigram at kappa 1874, pi 1940, and pi 1946. Whereas the Suda here transmits ei) mh\, Gow and Page adopt (vol. I, 128) a suggestion of Alfons Hecker (Dutch classical scholar, 1820-1865) and read the optative ei)/h; thus, from meager things, let there be a small grace.
On first-fruits see generally OCD(4) s.v. (p.579)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge, 1968)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge, 1968)
Keywords: agriculture; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; food; poetry; religion; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 23 December 2000@12:08:54.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; corrected note; added bibliography and keywords) on 14 March 2001@07:27:59.
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 18 August 2002@05:54:37.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 5 December 2005@08:34:25.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; betacode and other cosmetics) on 25 March 2012@06:52:06.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@07:42:53.
David Whitehead on 3 August 2015@10:47:53.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added to bibliography, added cross-references, added keywords) on 26 July 2022@16:33:12.


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