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Headword: *)/eqeirai
Adler number: epsilon,319
Translated headword: locks
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] hairs that are tended to habitually.[1]
"When Eudoxos carded his first fine locks."[2] ['Carded'] meaning combed. And [sc. again] in the Epigrams: "Doris, pulling back one hair of her golden lock."[3]
Greek Original:
*)/eqeirai: ai( e)c e)/qous e)pimelou/menai tri/xes. prw/tas o(ppo/t' e)/pece kala\s *eu)/docos e)qei/ras. a)nti\ tou= e)kte/nise. kai\ e)n *)epigra/mmasi: xrush=s ei)ru/sasa mi/an tri/xa *dwri\s e)qei/rhs.
Poetic noun; cf. epsilon 318.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon (63.9), and cf. a scholion on Homer, Iliad 8.42, where the headword occurs (dative plural, of a horse's mane: web address 1 below). See also epsilon 320.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.279.1 (Euphorion, cf. epsilon 3801), on the ceremonial first cutting of a boy's hair; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 98), (vol. II, 285), and another excerpt from this epigram at pi 1784. Gow and Page note (vol. I, 98) that here the Anthologia Palatina transmits e)/plece (plaited, braided), but they follow the Suda in reading e)/pece (carded), a verb typically used for the shearing of animals (vol. II, 285).
[3] Greek Anthology 5.230.1 (Paul the Silentiary), Doris binds her lover's hands with the hair, but he is unable to break it. See another excerpt from this epigram at tau 639.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: children; clothing; daily life; definition; epic; gender and sexuality; poetry; trade and manufacture; women; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 26 June 2005@12:20:28.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added notes, link, cross-reference, keyword, status) on 26 June 2005@21:29:09.
David Whitehead (another x-ref; cosmetics) on 27 June 2005@02:48:45.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 31 July 2012@03:54:18.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword; cosmetics) on 7 December 2015@05:54:43.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keywords) on 6 December 2021@11:49:50.
Ronald Allen (corrected Anthology reference, augmented n.3) on 31 July 2023@13:57:48.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.3, added cross-reference) on 31 July 2023@14:23:01.


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