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Headword: *fa/os
Adler number: phi,88
Translated headword: light
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[fa/os means the same as] fw=s.[1]
"O pure light and air which shares earth equally, how many songs of lamentation, and many answering beatings of my bloodied breast you have perceived, when gloomy night has departed." Electra says [this]. She means, I do not cease weeping night and day.[2]
And elsewhere: "[the] light of day will be sweetest to those present [...]."[3]
See also in [the entry for] fo/ws.[4]
Greek Original:
*fa/os: fw=s. w)= fa/os a(gno\n kai\ gh=s i)so/moiros a)h/r: w(/s moi polla\s me\n qrh/nwn w)|da/s, polla\s d' a)nth/reis h)/|sqou ste/rnwn plhga\s ai(massome/nwn, o(po/tan dnofera\ nu\c u(poleifqh=|. h( *)hle/ktra fhsi/. le/gei de/, o(/ti ou) dialei/pw nukto\s kai\ h(me/ras klai/ousa. kai\ au)=qis: h(/diston fa/os h(me/ras e)/stai toi=s parou=si. kai\ zh/tei e)n tw=| fo/ws.
Notes:
[1] The uncontracted headword is glossed with the contracted form of the same noun; cf. phi 579, phi 671. The same gloss appears in a scholion on Homer, Iliad 1.605, and in Hesychius with the addition of o)/rqrou a)natolh/ "the rising of dawn."
[2] Sophocles, Electra 86-91 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. alpha 2648, pi 1673.
[3] Aristophanes, Knights 973-4 (web address 2), The choral lyric continues, "if Kleon [kappa 1731] perishes."
[4] phi 579.
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Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; imagery; politics; tragedy; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 July 2011@20:00:17.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 July 2011@04:43:26.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 4 December 2013@06:25:42.

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