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Headword: *gripeu/s
Adler number: gamma,456
Translated headword: fisherman, net-man
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] hunter of fishes.
"A fisherman brings you, Eriounios [sc. Hermes], these gifts."[1]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] 'fisherman's art'. "Hermonax succeeded, when by fisherman's art he drew back his net, fishy (?full of fish) from the sea, for another cast."[2]
Greek Original:
*gripeu/s: i)xqu/wn qhreuth/s. gripeu\s, *)eriou/nie, soi\ ta/de dw=ra fe/rei. kai\ *griphi\+s te/xnh. *(ermw/nac d' e)ki/xanen, o(/te griphi/+di te/xnh| ei(=lke to\n e)k pela/geus i)xquo/enta bo/lon.
This comparatively rare word for a fisherman is related to that for a fishing net (gamma 457, gamma 458) and appears to refer to fishing by the cast of a net.
[1] From an epigram by the sixth-century Julian the Egyptian (Greek Anthology 6.28), which ends (7-8), "The fisherman Baiton, arriving at trembling old age, dedicates to you, Eriounios, these gifts." This epithet for Hermes, translated "very useful" in antiquity, seems to refer to Hermes' role as an underworld god, guiding the dead (see epsilon 2998), and is thus appropriate to describe the god to whom a doddering old man dedicates a gift.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.223.5-6, (by Antipater); see also at epsilon 3049. For the meaning of bo/los see LSJ, citing Theocritus, Idylls 1.40. The more likely meaning here is that Hermonax has a net already full of fish, difficult to draw back for a second cast. For this Hermonax see also Greek Anthology 9.302 (also by Antipater).
Keywords: daily life; definition; food; poetry; religion; zoology
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 24 October 2001@08:50:30.
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