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Headword: *gri=fos
Adler number: gamma,458
Translated headword: riddle, conundrum
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] an obscure utterance.
"On Ios boys vexed Homer, weaving a riddle out of Muses."[1]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "riddle-like utterance".[2]
Greek Original:
*gri=fos: o( a)safh\s lo/gos. *)/iw| e)ni\ pai=des *(/omhron h)/kaxon, e)k *mousw=n gri=fon u(fhna/menoi. kai\ *grifw/dhs lo/gos.
See already gamma 457.
[1] Greek Anthology 7.1.1-2 (quoted again at eta 162). The reference is to Homer's death, according to legend, on the Aegean island of Ios, when he could not answer the riddle posed to him by boys; see omicron 251.
[2] Quotation unattributable. (The adjective grifw/dhs is also used of Apollo, as a giver of obscure oracles, in Lucian, Jupiter Tragoedus 28 (Loeb edn. vol. 2, p. 130), where we should probably read it with an iota-subscript (grifw/|dhs) 'singer of riddles'.)
Keywords: biography; children; definition; epic; geography; poetry; religion
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 12 December 2000@09:02:20.
Vetted by:
Ross Scaife ✝ on 12 December 2000@09:53:40.
David Whitehead (augmented and rearranged notes; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 29 July 2003@10:03:16.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 21 July 2006@11:24:25.
David Whitehead (supplemented tr; another keyword; cosmetics) on 11 June 2012@08:20:03.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 29 September 2015@10:01:54.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 16 April 2016@22:20:41.


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