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Headword: *)aei\ parqe/nous
Adler number: alpha,632
Translated headword: eternal virgins, eternally virgins
Vetting Status: high
The Erinyes [Furies]. This [sc. way of referring to them] is legendary. It is necessary to consider them incorruptible and [that they] never stained their powers with bribes from wrong-doers. Sophocles [writes]: "I invoke as helpmates the eternal virgins, august far-striding Erinyes."[1]
Greek Original:
*)aei\ parqe/nous: ta\s *)erinnu=s. muqiko\n de/ e)sti tou=to. u(ponoei=n de\ xrh\ ta\s a)dwrodokh/tous kai\ ou)xi\ xranqh=nai dw/rois duname/nas u(po\ tw=n a)dikou/ntwn. *sofoklh=s: kalw= d' a)rwgou\s ta\s a)ei/ te parqe/nous semna\s *)erinnu=s tanu/podas.
The headword phrase, extracted from the quotation given, is accusative plural.
For the Erinyes cf. epsilon 2994, epsilon 2995, epsilon 3580, epsilon 3581, and generally OCD(4) s.v. (pp.535-6).
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 835-837 (abridged: web address 1 below), with scholion.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; mythology; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 18 March 2001@15:59:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 19 March 2001@05:01:48.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 15 August 2006@05:00:26.
Jennifer Benedict (updated link) on 15 March 2008@22:49:45.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; cosmetics) on 12 January 2012@09:32:33.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@03:31:31.


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