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Headword: *lexw/i+a
Adler number: lambda,351
Translated headword: birthing, of childbirth
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] those things which occur during delivery of a child. "But, maidens, you who are bringing birthing gifts to the girl, now pour warm tears on the cold grave."[1]
Greek Original:
*lexw/i+a: ta\ e)pi\ th=| loxei/a| sumbai/nonta. a)lla\, ko/rai, th=| paidi\ lexw/i+a dw=ra fe/rousai, qerma\ kata\ yuxrou= da/krua xei=te ta/fou.
The headword, presumably extracted from the quotation given, is neuter plural of the adjective lexw/i+os; cf. lambda 350.
[1] Greek Anthology 7.166.5-6 (Dioscorides or Nicarchus), on a youthful bride who died during childbirth; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 93) and (vol. II, 269-270). Gow and Page find that identifying the author as a Nicarchus (there were apparently two of them, widely separated in dates) is "hard to understand", but see their discussion on the epigram's ascription (vol. II, 269).
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: children; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; poetry; women
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 29 March 2009@10:13:06.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaks) on 29 March 2009@10:30:22.
Catharine Roth (betacode cosmeticule) on 29 March 2009@18:34:11.
David Whitehead on 16 April 2013@06:43:04.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation and note) on 27 April 2020@00:44:49.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added bibliography) on 30 November 2021@18:36:57.


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