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Headword: *pu/sei
Adler number: pi,3253
Translated headword: will cause to rot, will rot
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] will cause to putrefy.[1] Homer [writes]: "the land will rot your bones as you lie in Troy."[2] It must be pointed out that when people died in a foreign land, their bones were not taken back to their homelands.[3]
Greek Original:
*pu/sei: sh/yei. *(/omhros: se/o d' o)ste/a pu/sei a)/roura, keime/nou e)n *troi/h|. shmeiwte/on, o(/ti tw=n e)pi\ ce/nhs teleutw/ntwn ou)k a)pekomi/zeto ta\ o)sta= ei)s ta\s patri/das.
The headword is future indicative active, third person singular, of pu/qw ('rot'). The glosses and comments are drawn from commentary to the passage from Homer that is quoted (see n. 2); cf. pi 3138.
[1] = Apollonius Sophistes, Homeric Lexicon 137.19; Hesychius pi4479.
[2] Homer, Iliad 4.174-5.
[3] For copious material on this topic, see W.K. Pritchett, The Greek State at War IV (Berkeley & Los Angeles 1985) chapter 2.
Keywords: agriculture; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; geography; imagery; medicine; poetry; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 12 September 2013@08:29:14.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-ref; more keywords; cosmetics) on 12 September 2013@10:16:36.
William Hutton (tweaked headword) on 12 September 2013@10:45:16.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword) on 24 October 2013@07:38:02.


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