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Headword: *)onomasto/s
Adler number: omicron,374
Translated headword: named, to be named, notable, famous
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] great.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the expression] ou)d' o)nomasto/s, [meaning] he who/that which cannot be said, he who/that which is great.[2]
"There a lion rushed along the path, a terror [even] to bold men, but to Gallos [or: to a gallos] an unspeakable distress."[3]
Greek Original:
*)onomasto/s: polu/s. kai/, *ou)d' o)nomasto/s, o( mh\ r(hqh=nai duna/menos, o( polu/s. tou= de\ le/wn w)/rouse kata\ sti/bon, a)ndra/si dei=ma qarsale/ois, *ga/llw| d' ou)d' o)nomasto\n a)/xos.
[1] The headword is a verbal adjective from o)noma/zw.
[2] If this phrase is the quotation that Adler took it to be, its source is uncertain: perhaps Arrian, Anabasis 6.11.6 on Gaugamela (though, if so, the glossing is inappropriate); perhaps the epigram about to be quoted (where it occurs in the accusative). The very similar ou)k o)nomasto/s occurs in Homer (in the feminine accusative singular) and in Hesiod (in the masculine nominative plural).
[3] Greek Anthology 6.220.7-8 (Dioskorides/Dioscorides), a Gallus drives away a threatening lion by beating his timbrel; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 85-86); (vol. II, 245-246); and further extracts from this epigram at epsilon 4078, theta 198, lambda 74, mu 1394, tau 1167, and theta 6. On gallos, see gamma 41.
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: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; meter and music; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 12 January 2010@01:13:49.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (expanded n.2; more keywords; cosmetics) on 12 January 2010@03:51:43.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 4 July 2013@04:05:05.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 4 July 2013@21:54:32.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 20 January 2021@01:18:26.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.3, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keyword) on 29 November 2021@12:40:29.


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