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Headword: *)hlaka/th
Adler number: eta,190
Translated headword: distaff
Vetting Status: high
A woman's tool.[1]
"Distaff, maker of well-spun thread."[2]
Also [sc. attested is the neuter plural] h)la/kata ["distaff-wool"], [meaning] fine threads.[3]
Greek Original:
*)hlaka/th: e)rgalei=on gunaiko/s. e)rga/tin eu)klw/stou nh/matos h)laka/tan. kai\ *)hla/kata, lepta\ nh/mata.
[1] Same or similar entry in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon; and cf. a scholion on Homer, Iliad 6.491, where the headword occurs (accusative case: web address 1).
[2] Greek Anthology 6.174.4 (generally ascribed to Antipater of Sidon), three women dedicate spinning and weaving instruments to Athena; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 12-13); (vol. II, 37-38); and further excerpts from this epigram at alpha 3750, alpha 3988, kappa 1400, mu 1135, omicron 340, and tau 38. Gow and Page observe (ibid., 37) that the epigram's ascription to Antipater of Sidon is not entirely secure; see alpha 3750 note.
[3] cf. scholion on Homer, Odyssey 6.53: web address 2.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge, 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge, 1965)
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; gender and sexuality; poetry; religion; trade and manufacture; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 22 July 2006@23:07:55.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 23 July 2006@06:44:16.
Catharine Roth (added another link) on 23 July 2006@17:18:07.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 11 December 2012@00:55:08.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword) on 11 December 2012@07:15:54.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 8 April 2015@00:30:57.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 8 April 2015@02:52:48.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keyword) on 19 November 2020@17:03:27.


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