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Headword: *(ruka/na
Adler number: rho,289
Translated headword: plane
Vetting Status: high
A woodcarving tool.
"And an axe, and a bright plane, and a rounded drill."[1]
Plane [is] feminine.
Greek Original:
*(ruka/na: tektoniko\n e)rgalei=on. kai\ pe/lekun, r(uka/nan t' eu)age/a, kai\ periage\s tru/panon. qhlukw=s h( r(uka/na.
[1] Greek Anthology 6.204.3-4 (Leonidas of Tarentum), a carpenter retiring from his trade dedicates tools to Athena; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 109), (vol. II, 316), and other extracts from this epigram at delta 108 and pi 2298. Gow and Page find (ibid.) the rendering of eu)age/a (bright, clear, conspicuous; cf. LSJ s.v. (web address 1)) into English as bright (cf. Paton (404-405)) to be "plainly unsuitable". Although it is quite plausible that the sharpened blade of a wood plane would indeed be shiny and bright on its cutting edge, Gow and Page endorse (ibid.) such emendations as eu)a/kea (e.g. eu)h/kea, sharp-edged), eu)page/a (Doric dialect, well-constructed), and eu)axe/a (well-sounding).
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)
W.R. Paton, ed. The Greek Anthology: Books I-VI, (Cambridge, MA, 1999)
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Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; poetry; religion; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Andrea Consogno on 12 November 2005@02:46:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note; modified keywords; cosmetics) on 13 November 2005@04:55:38.
David Whitehead on 25 August 2011@05:44:52.
David Whitehead (coding) on 25 May 2016@07:38:33.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keyword) on 16 February 2021@18:28:34.


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