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Headword: *)ole/qrou pei/rat' e)fh=ptai
Adler number: omicron,139
Translated headword: culminations of destruction hang over [you]
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the limit of your destruction is bound to you and hangs from you. In effect, you have been bound to destruction.
Greek Original:
*)ole/qrou pei/rat' e)fh=ptai: e)pide/detai kai\ e)ch=ptai to\ tou= o)le/qrou u(mw=n pe/ras. oi(=on de/desqe tw=| o)le/qrw|.
The headword phrase (which became proverbial: see below) occurs three times in Homer: Iliad 7.402 (web address 1) and 12.79, Odyssey 22.41. LSJ s.v. e)ca/ptw remarks on the frequent metaphorical use of e)ch=ptai in Homer to mean 'is or was hung over one, fixed as one's fate or doom'.
Same glosses in Hesychius (omicron517) and Photius (omicron201 Theodoridis); cf. also Diogenianus 7.96 and other paroemiographers.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; epic; imagery; proverbs
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 29 November 2009@19:25:12.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 30 November 2009@03:22:38.
Catharine Roth (fixed link, tweaked translation, added keyword) on 30 November 2009@10:09:18.
David Whitehead (expansions to notes; tweaking) on 24 June 2013@04:15:56.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 29 December 2020@00:42:11.


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