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Headword: *(ermai=on
Adler number: epsilon,3030
Translated headword: Hermes-gift, godsend
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning an] unexpected gain. [So called] from the first-fruits which are set out on the roads, which travelers eat.[1]
Or from the heaps of stones, which used to be dedicated to Hermes.[2]
"Not being content with the godsend as others [are], nor supposing that he has done nothing wrong, if he has willingly purchased anything from a willing seller."[3]
Greek Original:
*(ermai=on: to\ a)prosdo/khton ke/rdos. a)po\ tw=n e)n tai=s o(doi=s tiqeme/nwn a)parxw=n, a(\s oi( o(doipo/roi katesqi/ousin. h)\ a)po\ tw=n swrw=n tw=n li/qwn, ai(\ tw=| *(ermh=| a)ne/keinto. ou) kata\ tou\s a)/llous a)gaph/sas to\ e(rmai=on, ou)de\ oi)hqei\s a)/ra mhde\n a)dikei=n, ei) e(kw\n par' e(ko/ntos o(tiou=n e)wnh/sato.
See also epsilon 3031, epsilon 3032.
[1] Same glossing in Photius and other lexica, as well as scholia on Plato, Phaedo 107C, Symposium 217A, Gorgias 486E; also scholia to Lucian (154.25 Rabe).
[2] cf. Etymologicum Magnum 375.57. See also epsilon 3031.
[3] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 122 Zintzen (74 Asmus), cf. Photius Bibliotheca 341a 25-7: quoted more fully at epsilon 3036.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; daily life; definition; economics; ethics; food; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 23 December 2007@22:47:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented n.3; tweaks and cosmetics) on 24 December 2007@05:24:46.
David Whitehead (more x-refs; another keyword) on 28 October 2012@08:04:03.
David Whitehead on 28 October 2012@08:07:38.


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