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Headword: *)/oi+n
Adler number: omicron,95
Translated headword: ewe, ram
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] sheep.[1] "The ewe, o Demeter who-presides-over-the-furrows, and the hornless calf [Krethon sacrifices to you]." In the Epigrams.[2]
Greek Original:
*)/oi+n: pro/baton. ta\n o)/i+n, w)= *da/mater e)po/gmie, ta/n t' a)ke/rwton mo/sxon. e)n *)epigra/mmasi.
[1] The headword -- probably (though not demonstrably) extracted from the quotation given -- is accusative singular of the i-stem noun o)/i+s, oi)=s, earlier o)/vis: see Smyth ยง274 and 274D (web address 1) and LSJ s.v. (web address 2). The noun is cognate with Latin ovis and English "ewe." See also omicron 90, omicron 98, omicron 100, omicroniota 103, omicroniota 168.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.258.1-2 (Adaeus), quoted already at omicron 26. On this epigram, in which the farmer Krethon consecrates cakes and livestock to Demeter, see Gow and Page (vol. I, 4-5); (vol. II, 4-5); and further extracts at alpha 2751, gamma 165, and phi 507. Gow and Page note (vol. II, 4) that the adjective a)ke/rwtos, -on (hornless, here in the accusative singular) occurs only in this epigram and in the Suda.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge, 1968)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge, 1968)
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Keywords: agriculture; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; poetry; religion; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 27 April 2002@16:05:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (corrected ref; cosmetics) on 29 April 2002@03:21:55.
Catharine Roth (cosmetic) on 11 January 2004@00:32:33.
Catharine Roth (added cross-references) on 9 March 2004@01:20:15.
David Whitehead on 23 June 2013@07:01:27.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 30 August 2014@10:24:35.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 16 August 2019@00:34:10.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 22 December 2020@00:45:31.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 26 December 2020@00:53:43.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keywords) on 27 April 2022@17:01:07.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 27 April 2022@22:32:02.


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