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Headword: *ne/esqai
Adler number: nu,133
Translated headword: to go, to return
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to travel.
Greek Original:
*ne/esqai: poreu/esqai.
Same or similar entry in other lexica: see the references at Photius nu85 Theodoridis. From the scholia to Homer, Iliad 2.84, where the headword occurs. Epic verb, from the root *nes-, of which the o-grade is seen in no/stos (nu 500, nu 501). See LSJ at web address 1 below. Forms of this verb appear also at nu 134 and nu 293.
According to Chantraine s.v., the original sense of the Indo-european root *nes-/nos- was "save" or "bring back safely." In the middle, it could mean "get well" or "come back safely." Germanic derivatives have senses "save, heal, nourish." The Indian pair of gods, the Asvins, are called Nasyata (the "two saviors"). Nestor's name would designate the hero who brings his people home safely. See further Frame (1978) 197; also Frame (2009) at web address 2.
P. Chantraine, Dictionnaire ├ętymologique de la langue grecque, ed. 2 (Paris 2009) 771
Douglas Frame, The Myth of Return in Early Greek Epic (Yale UP 1978)
Douglas Frame, Hippota Nestor (Center for Hellenic Studies 2009)
Associated internet addresses:
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Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; mythology; poetry
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 28 January 2001@16:13:35.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Cosmetics, set status) on 28 January 2001@20:13:16.
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 24 December 2002@04:09:39.
Catharine Roth (changed to betacode) on 26 December 2002@12:51:23.
Catharine Roth (added bibliography and link) on 23 April 2012@01:01:51.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 5 June 2013@07:20:01.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 18 September 2013@00:17:28.
Catharine Roth (updated reference) on 7 September 2014@21:43:33.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 20 January 2019@22:27:49.


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