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Headword: *nireu/s
Adler number: nu,420
Translated headword: Nireus
Vetting Status: high
He who is fine and beautiful.
[sc. Not to be confused with] neireus, a murex, [or] Nereus, the sea [god].
Greek Original:
*nireu/s: o( kalo\s kai\ eu)/morfos. *neireu/s, o( ko/xlos, *nhreu/s, o( qala/ssios.
Three nouns that sounded identical in Byzantine Greek. They are already compared in Tryphon I, *peri\ tro/pwn p. 203 Spengel, and Herodian, Partitions p. 189, p. 263 Boissonade.
Nireus is mentioned in Homer, Iliad 2.673 as "a most beautiful man" (web address 1). The noun neireu/s is unattested outside philology (the grammarians cited, and scholia to Oppian, Halieutica 1.315); cf. nhri/ths at nu 336. On Nereus the sea-god see already nu 328.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; mythology; religion; zoology
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 25 November 2009@05:10:51.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 25 November 2009@08:22:42.
David Whitehead on 10 June 2013@03:48:07.
Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 17 November 2020@01:24:23.


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