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Headword: *mnwme/nh
Adler number: mu,1177
Translated headword: being wooed
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning she who is] being courted.[1]
"When Cyrus was courting Tomyris, but had made no progress with her by deceit, he brought his army out into the open."[2]
Greek Original:
*mnwme/nh: mnhsteuome/nh. o(/ti *ku=ros *tw/murin mnw/menos, w(/s oi( do/lw| ou) proexw/reen, e)k tou= e)mfanou=s h)/lase th\n stratia/n.
[1] In classical Greek the headword is normally a middle verb, the subject of which is the one doing the courting (cf. mu 1149 and LSJ at web address 1). This gloss, and the fact that it and the headword (the latter presumably quoted from somewhere) are in the feminine gender, shows that the lexicographer is thinking of it as a passive, with the person being courted as the subject. Same or similar entry in other lexica: see the references at Photius mu493 Theodoridis).
[2] A paraphrase of Herodotus 1.205 (web address 2); cf. tau 757, repeated at tau 860.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; historiography; history; military affairs; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 November 2001@05:08:49.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (augmented notes, added links and keywords, cosmetics, set status) on 21 October 2003@12:37:42.
David Whitehead (internal rearrangement and consequent cosmetics) on 22 October 2003@03:14:08.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, raised status) on 2 June 2009@19:39:45.
David Whitehead on 26 May 2013@05:49:19.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 12 September 2020@18:00:58.


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