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Headword: *nw/numos
Adler number: nu,554
Translated headword: unknown
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] nameless, inglorious.
In the Iliad[1] it is also attested as nw/numnos with an extra nu, or otherwise without an epsilon, so as to mean someone not hymned.[2]
"There will be no sun unhymned of lyric Sappho."[3]
Greek Original:
*nw/numos: a)nw/numos, a)/docos. e)n *)ilia/di e)sti\n kai\ nw/numnos pleonasmw=| tou= nu, h)\ kai\ a)/llws kata\ ste/rhsin e yilh=s, i(/n' h)=| o( mh\ u(mnou/menos. ou)de/ tis e)/stai th=s lurikh=s *sapfou=s nw/numos h)e/lios.
The headword is an archaic adjective, from *ne- and *onom(n).
cf. ps-Zonaras s.vv. nwnu/mous and nwnu/mnous, Photius (mu316 Theodoridis) and Hesychius (mu794) s.v. nw/numos and Etymologicum Magnum s.v. nwnu/mous.
[1] See Homer, Iliad 12.70 = 13.227 = 14.70 (web addresses 1-3), with the corresponding scholia and Eustathius ad loc. And cf. Homer, Odyssey 1.222 (web address 4)
[2] As if the adjective were derived from the middle/passive participle u(mnou/menos by dropping the epsilon (with the negative prefix n(e)-).
[3] Greek Anthology 7.17.7-8, from a pseudo-epitaph for Sappho (sigma 107) by Tullius Laurea (cf. lambda 413 and mu 1138).
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; poetry; women
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 10 August 2007@08:43:58.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaks, note) on 10 August 2007@11:20:49.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 11 August 2007@00:37:03.
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David Whitehead (tweaking) on 18 June 2013@03:29:32.
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Catharine Roth (cross-reference) on 10 May 2020@01:04:15.
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