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Headword: *(rw=pes
Adler number: rho,257
Translated headword: brushwood
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] bushy material. Or a shaggy and planted place.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the related verb] r(wpeu/ein, [meaning] to cut timber.[2]
"This is his [place] to cut brushwood, timber-sparse."[3]
Greek Original:
*(rw=pes: dasei=a u(/lh. h)\ kata/komos kai\ su/mfutos to/pos. kai\ *(rwpeu/ein, culeu/esqai. tou=to/ toi r(wpeu/ein o)ligo/culon.
The headword, presumably quoted from somewhere, is the plural of rho 271, q.v. (LSJ s.v., indeed, notes that the plural is the norm outside lexicography.) See also rho 258.
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica; references at Photius rho208 Theodoridis.
[2] Different gloss in Hesychius rho577: to sell brushwood.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.226.3 (Leonidas of Tarentum), where in fact, rather than the verb r(wpeu/ein, the related neuter noun r(wpei=on is sometimes read. On this epigram, a quatrain on the land where one Kleiton lived for many austere years, see Gow and Page (vol. I, 135); (vol. II, 387); and further lines from this epigram at alpha 1648, lambda 620, omicron 17, and omicron 150. Gow and Page follow the Suda here in reading the headword, r(wpeu/ein, but note (vol. I, 135) that the Anthologia Palatina transmits tou= to/ terw pai/ein, otherwise inscrutable, but for which both the formation of the letters and the context suggest a connection with r(wph/i+a (brushwood, shrubbery, a neuter noun in the nominative, vocative, and accusative plural). Lobeck suggested (prolegomena, 392) the emendation r(wpei=on (perhaps thicket), which Gow and Page (vol. II, 387) find attractive, given another instance of artificial lengthening at Greek Anthology 7.719 (Leonidas of Tarentum) and the prevalence of this metrical technique in Alexandrian poety (ibid., 319). Gow and Page are less enthusiastic (ibid., 387) about Lobeck's later suggestion that the line should read r(wph/ein; cf. Lobeck (elementa, 344-345).
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)
C.A. Lobeck, Pathologiae sermonis Graeci: prolegomena, (Leipzig, 1843)
C.A. Lobeck, Pathologiae Graeci sermonis: elementa, (Paris, 1853)
Keywords: agriculture; botany; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; geography; poetry
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 September 2010@09:31:57.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 22 September 2010@23:42:46.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note) on 23 September 2010@03:33:56.
David Whitehead on 25 August 2011@05:01:23.
David Whitehead on 30 October 2013@04:05:39.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.3, added bibliography, added cross-references) on 25 January 2021@17:53:35.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticules) on 25 January 2021@18:44:39.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.3, added to bibliography, added keyword) on 25 January 2021@20:32:06.


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