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Headword: *bre/tas
Adler number: beta,534
Translated headword: likeness
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning an] image, statue.[1]
[sc. Called this] from the fact that it looks like a mortal.[2] "To fall somewhere toward a likeness". [That is] toward a sanctuary or toward a shrine, or to become a suppliant at a statue of the gods.[3]
Greek Original:
*bre/tas: ei)/dwlon, a)/galma. para\ to\ brotw=| e)oike/nai. prospesei=n poi pro\s bre/tas. pro\s te/menos, h)\ pro\s e(/dos, h)\ pro\s a)/galma qew=n i(ke/tas gene/sqai.
[1] Likewise in other lexica.
[2] This etymology (false), again at delta 1187, depends on the similarity between the headword bre/tas and the word for 'mortal', broto/s.
[3] Aristophanes, Knights 31 (where tou, not poi, is the preferred reading), with comment from the scholia there.
Keywords: architecture; art history; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 19 October 2002@23:27:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 20 October 2002@05:06:42.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 13 June 2011@06:58:40.
David Whitehead on 3 June 2012@09:01:22.
David Whitehead (another note; cosmetics) on 23 September 2015@10:45:20.


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