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Headword: *molph/
Adler number: mu,1205
Translated headword: chant
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning an] ode.
But in Homer [it means] a game.[1] "With song and dance; for these [are] the ornaments of a banquet".[2]
And elsewhere: "he did not desist from the honey-sweet chant".[3]
Greek Original:
*molph/: w)|dh/. para\ *(omh/rw| de\ to\ pai/gnion. molph=| t' o)rxhqmw=| te: ta\ ga/r t' a)naqh/mata daito/s. kai\ au)=qis: molph=s d' ou) lh=ge meliterpe/os.
cf. mu 541.
[1] Homer, Odyssey 6.101 (web address 1); cf. Iliad 13.637 and 18.606 (web addresses 2 and 3) for the original meaning.
[2] Slightly altered version of Homer, Odyssey 1.152 (web address 4).
[3] Greek Anthology 7.25.9 (attributed to Simonides), on Anakreon (cf. alpha 1916); cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 181) and (vol. II, 519). Gow and Page note (ibid.) that meliterpe/os (honey-sweet) is not attested 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)
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Keywords: definition; epic; imagery; meter and music; poetry
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 31 December 2008@13:04:55.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 31 December 2008@19:08:16.
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