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Headword: *ke/ra a)glae/
Adler number: kappa,1349
Translated headword: splendid horn, splendid hair-style
Vetting Status: high
[sc. This means] not the hair simply, but a kind of braid, braided[1] in the form of a horn. But the Athenians also used to braid [ornaments in the form of] cicadas [into their hair].[2] And in Homer: "braids which were bound[3] with gold and silver."[4] [You who are] dressed up for archery: or with long hair. For the ancients used to call long hair a horn.[5]
Greek Original:
*ke/ra a)glae/: ou) th\n tri/xa yilw=s, a)ll' e)mplokh=s ti ge/nos, e)pi\ ke/ratos tro/pon e)mpleko/menos. e)/plekon de\ kai\ *)aqhnai=oi te/ttigas. kai\ par' *(omh/rw|: ploxmoi/ q', oi(\ xrusw=| te kai\ a)rgu/rw| e)sfh/kwnto. kallwpizo/mene th=| tocikh=|: h)\ th=| trixw/sei. ke/ras ga\r oi( palaioi\ th\n tri/xwsin e)ka/loun.
The headword phrase is one of the sequence of taunts addressed to Paris by Diomedes [Author, Myth] in the Iliad: 'with your petty lovelocks' (E.V. Rieu). See further below.
[1] K├╝ster emended the participle to the neuter e)mpleko/menon to agree with ge/nos.
[2] cf. tau 377.
[3] The verb e)sfh/kwnto is derived from sfh/c "wasp," suggesting that the hair was pinched in like the waist of a wasp. See also sigma 1735.
[4] Thus far, the entry is paralleled by the scholia A on Homer, Iliad 11.385 (web address 1), quoting also Iliad 17.52 (web address 2). See further, next note.
[5] The latter part of the entry is paralleled by the scholia D on Iliad 11.385. The text of Homer reads ke/ra| in the dative: "splendid with your hair-style."
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Keywords: clothing; definition; epic; ethics; imagery; military affairs; mythology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 November 2008@01:34:44.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented and rearranged notes; another keyword; tweaks) on 4 November 2008@03:32:17.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 18 February 2013@06:44:22.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 10 April 2013@00:41:18.


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