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Headword: *lamuro/n
Adler number: lambda,106
Translated headword: greedy, wanton
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] sweet-speaking, facile, astonishing, pleasant.[1]
In the Epigrams: "man-destroying passion shoots his fire-breathing bows and laughs keenly with greedy eyes".[2] And elsewhere: "the potions were quenched, and the greedy toasts of the goblets".[3]
Also [sc. attested is the comparative degree] more greedy/rather greedy.[4]
Greek Original:
*lamuro/n: eu)/lalon, eu)tra/pelon, kataplhktiko/n, terpno/n. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: brotoloigo\s e)/rws ta\ puri/pnoa to/ca ba/llei kai\ lamuroi=s o)/mmasi pikra\ gela=|. kai\ au)=qis: e)sbe/sqh de\ ta\ fi/ltra, kai\ kuli/kwn ai( lamurai\ propo/seis. kai\ *lamurw/teron.
[1] Same or similar entry in other lexica; see the references at Photius lambda83 Theodoridis. The headword (which must be quoted from somewhere) is masculine accusative singular or neuter nominative/accusative singular of the adjective lamuro/s. Neither the illustrative quotations given in what follows here nor modern lexica (LSJ and Chantraine) show much agreement on the meaning or etymology of this adjective, but 'greedy' does seem a basic sense.
[2] Greek Anthology 5.180.1-2 (Meleager [Author, Myth]), on the attributes of Eros; cf. Gow and Page, vol. I (218-219) and vol. II (612-613). As Gow and Page note (vol. II, 612), the epigram follows a common motif, but the compression of so much precise sense and vivid detail into so few lines makes it a masterpiece of its kind.
[3] Greek Anthology 7.221.3-4 (author unknown); cf. kappa 2303.
[4] Evidently quoted from somewhere; there are possibilities in Xenophon and elsewhere.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; historiography; imagery; poetry; religion
Translated by: Oliver Phillips ✝ on 22 October 2007@14:56:53.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 23 October 2007@03:38:37.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 2 April 2013@06:09:31.
Catharine Roth (tweaked notes) on 18 January 2020@20:21:34.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added keyword) on 26 July 2022@19:35:16.


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