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Headword: *seira/
Adler number: sigma,274
Translated headword: cord
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a chain.[1]
"The emperor sent gifts to the Avars, chains decorated with gold and garments made of silk."[2]
*seira/ also [means] a genealogy.
"For following the oracles of the philosopher concerning his own chain ... Somehow the flow of speech seeking out the order of his soul in the chain, not in the pure chorus, but after him, as I have shown, [the chain?] having been put in order invisibly, sent to me, bidding [me] report the most accurate [information]."[3]
Greek Original:
*seira/: h( a(/lusis. o( de\ basileu\s dw=ra e)/stelle toi=s *)aba/rois, seira\s xrusw=| diapepoikilme/nas, e)sqh=ta/s te shrika/s. *seira\ kai\ h( genealogi/a. toi=s ga\r tou= filoso/fou manteu/masi peri\ th=s oi)kei/as seira=s e(po/menos. ou)k oi)=d' o(/pws h( tou= lo/gou r(u/mh kat' i)/xnos e)pizhtou=sa th\n e)n th=| seira=| ta/cin th=s au)tou= yuxh=s ou)k e)n tw=| a)khra/tw| xorw=|, meta\ de\ tou=ton, w(s de/deiktai, tetagme/nhs a)fanou=s, a)pe/steilen w(s e)me/, ta\ safe/stata a)paggei=lai prosta/cas.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica, and cf. the scholia to Homer, Iliad 8.19, where the phrase "golden cord" occurs.
[2] Part of Menander Protector fr. 5.2 Blockley. On silk garments, see sigma 337.
[3] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 249 + 368 (306 Asmus) Zintzen, 152 Athanassiadi. Photius' version of the passage (Bibliotheca 306) ends differently. Athanassiadi deletes "not". The philosopher is apparently Isidore; the first person is Damascius, whose concern is "to prove that Isidore's soul formed part of the Hermaic chain" (Athanassiadi note 398, page 329).
Damascius, The Philosophical History, text with translation and notes by Polymnia Athanassiadi. Athens 1999
Keywords: biography; clothing; definition; epic; geography; historiography; imagery; philosophy; religion; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 16 December 2006@15:08:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 17 December 2006@04:28:25.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 17 December 2006@23:41:46.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 18 December 2006@11:54:10.
Catharine Roth (more tweaks) on 18 December 2006@12:04:39.
David Whitehead (updated n.2) on 3 January 2012@07:21:30.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 23 December 2013@06:37:31.
Catharine Roth (added a keyword) on 28 December 2013@00:17:34.
Catharine Roth (tweaked my translation) on 9 February 2022@00:40:38.


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