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Headword: *seli/s
Adler number: sigma,214
Translated headword: page-division, page
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the interval, lacking writing, that occurs between two columns of text.[1] Also the scroll [itself].[2]
In the Epigrams: "and a straightness-loving ruler of pages".[3]
Greek Original:
*seli/s: to\ me/son tw=n du/o katabatw=n a)/grafon tugxa/non. kai\ to\ bibli/on. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: kai\ seli/dwn kano/nisma filo/rqion.
The headword, a feminine noun, is attested with a variety of meanings, several of which relate to the format of a page. Usage differs according to author and period, and perhaps reflects terminological distinctions between a papyrus roll and a codex. The term originally denoted intervals in the text, both vertical and horizontal, but later came to signify also a column of writing or the page itself. See also kappa 21, kappa 315, sigma 209. See generally LSJ s.v.
[1] The gloss is unique to the Suda, but cf. Hesychius sigma387. Other lexica gloss the plural: Hesychius sigma383, Photius sigma134 Theodoridis (Porson 506.1). Adler also reports a corresponding entry in the Ambrosian Lexicon.
[2] See beta 275 and beta 587
[3] Greek Anthology 6.295.3, an epigram by Phanias, whose surviving verse is characterised by the use of rare vocabulary and lists of technical terminology (in this case the implements used by a scribe). See kappa 316.
A.S.F. Gow, 'Phanias, Notes and Queries', Classical Quarterly n.s. 6 (1956) 231-6
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Translated by: Philip Rance on 5 March 2012@02:21:52.
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