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Headword: *si/nis
Adler number: sigma,460
Translated headword: Sinis; plunderer
Vetting Status: high
Name of a harmful robber.[1] "As you were sleeping, a plunderer set upon you stealthily and killed you, swiftly setting his fingernail on your throat."[2]
Greek Original:
*si/nis: o)/noma lh|stou= blaptikou=. h)= ga/r s' u(pnw/onta si/nis laqrhdo\n e)pelqw\n e)/kteinen, laimw=| r(i/mfa kaqei\s o)/nuxa.
[1] Adler reports a similar ('cf.') entry in the Ambrosian Lexicon. As noted in LSJ and illustrated by the quotation given here, lower-case si/nis can indeed mean any plunderer/robber. However, the Sinis, the Pine-bender (LSJ s.v. II), was a notorious mythological robber operating near Corinth, killed by Theseus: see under theta 368 (with the spelling Sinnis).
[2] Greek Anthology 7.202.3-4, about a rooster. Quoted already at rho 167.
Keywords: daily life; definition; ethics; mythology; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 16 September 2010@18:56:33.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented headword and n.1; another keyword) on 17 September 2010@03:28:11.
David Whitehead on 26 July 2011@05:43:22.
David Whitehead on 24 December 2013@08:51:01.
David Whitehead (coding) on 26 May 2016@03:26:48.


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