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Headword: *)empedorkei=n
Adler number: epsilon,1006
Translated headword: to abide by an oath
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to adhere to oaths steadfastly.[1]
"Pheretima removed the roof from the pit, so that she could abide by her oath, and ran into the city."[2]
Greek Original:
*)empedorkei=n: e)mpe/dws threi=n ta\ o(/rkia. h( de\ *fereti/ma to\n o)/rofon u(pospa/sasa tou= bo/qrou, w(s a)\n e)mpedorkoi/h, h)/launen ei)s th\n po/lin.
[1] Substantively similar glossing already in Hesychius epsilon2426, citing (a contextless fragment of) Aristophanes; and cf. generally epsilon 1000, epsilon 1005, epsilon 1008, epsilon 1009.
[2] Quotation unidentifiable. (Adler notes the attribution to Aelian by Bruhn.) Pheretima merits her own entry at phi 220, where the quotation reappears; and see also under epsilon 3559. She is the evil daughter of Battos of Kyrene who features prominently in Herodotus 4.162-205. Note particularly 4.201.3, where the present quotation's w(s a)\n e)mpedorkoi/h appears as i(/na e)mpedorke/oien; the plural there refers to the Persians who are besieging Barka, but it is Pheretima who has invited them in (to restore her usurped dynasty), and the episode, concerning a concealed excavation, is the same one in both passages.
Keywords: biography; definition; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs; religion; women
Translated by: Marta Steele on 8 June 2000@15:26:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 29 May 2001@09:16:50.
David Whitehead (added x-refs and another keyword) on 9 January 2005@07:26:53.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 19 August 2012@04:53:31.
David Whitehead (expansions to notes; another keyword) on 27 December 2015@06:16:40.
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