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Headword: *dhmh/thr
Adler number: delta,426
Translated headword: Demeter
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the earth,[1] as if being Ge-meter ["earth-mother"].
Since the earth is a foundation of every city, as holding up the cities she is represented wearing towers [sc. as a crown].[2]
And elsewhere: "they were inhabiting a land especially fortunate and good for bringing forth fruit, sweet and abundant wine."[3]
Greek Original:
*dhmh/thr: h( gh=, oi(onei\ *ghmh/thr tis ou)=sa. e)pei\ de\ e(/dra pa/shs po/lew/s e)stin h( gh=, w(s basta/zousa ta\s po/leis pla/ttetai purgofo/ros. kai\ au)=qis: w)/|koun de\ gh=n eu)dai/mona ma/lista kai\ karpou\s e)negkei=n ou)=san a)gaqh/n, oi)=non h(du\n kai\ polu\n e)/xousan.
For Demeter cf. delta 427, delta 428.
[1] Likewise is ps.-Herodian.
[2] ps.-Codinus, Patria Constantinopoleos 2.6 (Preger, Scriptores originum Constantinopolitanarum 153.13-15); already at gamma 224.
[3] Quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti) unidentifiable. Adler suggests Aelian. Be that as it may, a version of it has already appeared under alpha 1090, q.v.
Keywords: art history; botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; geography; mythology; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 16 September 2002@20:31:43.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added keywords; cosmetics) on 17 September 2002@03:49:34.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; another keyword; cosmetics) on 8 March 2011@10:11:36.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword) on 25 June 2012@09:59:53.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 9 August 2013@00:21:27.
David Whitehead (another note; cosmetics) on 17 October 2015@03:43:38.


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