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Headword: *prostro/paion
Adler number: pi,2828
Translated headword: penitent
Vetting Status: high
"Living the penitent life for a woman, she [...]"[1] Meaning supplicatory.
Greek Original:
*prostro/paion: h( de\ zw=sa bi/on to\n prostro/paion gunaiki/. a)nti\ tou= i(ketiko/n.
The headword is neuter nominative/accusative singular or masculine accusative singular -- the latter if, as is reasonable to suppose, it is drawn from the quotation given -- of prostro/paios. This adjective can refer to those who are polluted by having committed crimes requiring purification, those who seek such purification as a suppliant (as here), and the supernatural powers that take vengeance on unpurified criminals. See also pi 2829, pi 2830, pi 2832, pi 46, alpha 3297. For this connotation of the word cf. Aelius Dionysius pi68, Hesychius omicron1056, pi3900, Synagoge pi709.
[1] Quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta of Constantine Porphyrogenitus) unidentifiable. On no discernible basis, Adler suggests Aelian.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; law; religion; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 8 September 2013@11:01:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 12 September 2013@06:44:13.
David Whitehead on 20 October 2013@05:32:58.


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