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Headword: *kelaino/n
Adler number: kappa,1285
Translated headword: black, murky
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] black/dark.[1]
In the Epigrams: "holders of the blackest writing stream."[2]
Greek Original:
*kelaino/n: me/lan. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: kai\ grafikoi=o doxei=a kelainota/toio r(ee/qrou.
[1] The definition comes from scholion D to Homer, Iliad 1.303 (cf. 9.6). See also Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon (97.27) and Etymologicum Magnum 501.44; cf. Hesychius' odd melano/n at kappa2135 (linked with the Homeric passage by Latte but perhaps [RD] of the black ink in the epigram cited here; cf. LSJ at web address 1). The Homeric scholiast is defining the use of the adjective (also at kappa 1286; cf. kappa 1287, kappa 1288) in the neuter with ai(=ma 'blood'. The use of the two adjectives for black, understandable with clotted blood, has caused some question when applied to blood flowing from a wound (cf. the discussion of kelaine/fhs in the same sense, kappa 1284). See Führer; Handschur 193-97, 210ff.; and Dürbeck 306-07, 156.
[1] Greek Anthology 6.63.3 (Damocharis), an epigram to accompany the dedication of writing materials: lead pencil, ruler, reed pens, etc. – here the inkwells.
H. Dürbeck, Zur Charakteristik der griechischen Farbenbezeichnungen (Bonn, 1977) 144ff.
R. Führer, kelaino/s, in Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos 2.1370
E. Handschur, Die Farb- und Glanzwörter bei Homer... (Vienna, 1970) 193-97, 210ff.
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Translated by: Robert Dyer on 11 March 2003@03:42:56.
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