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Headword: *lito/s
Adler number: lambda,620
Translated headword: simple, plain, frugal; supplicatory
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] cheap. In the Epigrams: "I am poor and unlucky, o mistress; but I say from my heart that your [wealth] surpasses the wealth of many."[1] And elsewhere: "the tomb is plain to see, but holds the bones of a great man."[2] The [syllable] li is long.[3]
And elsewhere: "but they did not reject the deed as a kind of entreaty."[4]
And elsewhere: "and the simple vineyard nearby."[5]
Greek Original:
*lito/s: eu)telh/s. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: lito\s e)gw/ t' a)tuxh/s, w)= despo/ti: fhmi\ de\ pollw=n o)/lbon u(perku/ptein to\n so\n a)po\ kradi/hs. kai\ au)=qis: lito\s o( tu/mbos o)fqh=nai: mega/lou d' o)ste/a fwto\s e)/xei. to\ li makro/n. kai\ au)=qis: oi( de\ ou)k e)cefau/lisan to\ e)/rgon oi(=a dh/pou lito/n. kai\ au)=qis: lito/s q' o( sxedo\n a)mpelew/n.
Notes:
cf. generally lambda 625.
[1] Roughly quoted from Greek Anthology 6.250.1-2 (Antiphilus).
[2] Greek Anthology 7.18.1-2 (Antipater of Thessalonica), an epitaph for Alcman (cf. alpha 1289); cf. Gow and Page Garland of Philip (vol. I, 20-21); (vol. II, 30-31); and further excerpts at epsilon 750, epsiloniota 33, lambda 784, lambda 850, and upsilon 118.
[3] The adjective lito/s with a long iota means "simple, plain, frugal, paltry." With a short iota, lito/s means "suppliant, supplicatory."
[4] Part of Aelian fr. 252a Domingo-Forasté (254 Hercher), parts of which are quoted at epsilon 1388 and epsilon 1675.
[5] Greek Anthology 6.226.2 (Leonidas of Tarentum), from alpha 1648, on the land where one Kleiton lived for eighty years; cf. Gow and Page Hellenistic Epigrams (vol. I, 135); (vol. II, 387); and further lines from this epigram at omicron 17, omicron 150, and rho 257.
References:
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge, 1968)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge, 1968)
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)
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Translated by: Catharine Roth on 20 June 2009@23:57:17.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another x-ref; more keywords; tweaks) on 21 June 2009@04:09:16.
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Catharine Roth (updated reference) on 12 June 2013@01:23:15.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 8 June 2020@01:39:59.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 9 June 2020@01:22:31.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.5, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keyword) on 14 January 2021@13:13:09.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added to bibliography, added cross-references; augmented n.5) on 28 April 2022@12:38:02.
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