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Headword: Σελαγεῖται
Adler number: sigma,191
Translated headword: shines
Vetting Status: high
Meaning [he/she/it] illuminates, catches fire.[1]
From the [noun] σέλας ["brightness/flame/light"].[2]
Greek Original:
Σελαγεῖται: ἀντὶ τοῦ λάμπεται, ἐκπυροῦται. παρὰ τὸ σέλας.
The headword is the present indicative middle-passive, third person singular, of the verb σελαγέω , I shine, enlighten, illuminate; see generally LSJ s.v., and cf. Hesychius s.v., ps.-Herodian, Partitiones 122.2, and sigma 193 (end). It is quoted here from its earliest attestation: Aristophanes, Clouds 285-6 (web address 1), a choral lyric passage invoking standard poetic imagery (Dover, p. 139) and already at omicron 225; see next note.
[1] The glossing verbs are the same form as the headword. The first is from λάμπω , I give light, shine, and the second, which follows a scholion (= scholia vetera) to the aforementioned Aristophanic passage, is from the contract verb ἐκπυρόω , I catch fire, burn to ashes, utterly consume; see generally LSJ s.vv.
[2] This additional gloss follows Hesychius s.v. σελαγίζει , i.e. present indicative active, third person singular, of the verb σελαγίζω , a later variant spelling for the first principal part of the headword verb; see sigma 192.
Aristophanes, edited with introduction and commentary by K.J. Dover, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; poetry
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 29 January 2012@23:06:04.
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