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Headword: *(uperfi/alos
Adler number: upsilon,385
Translated headword: brimming over, overwhelming
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Sometimes a term of reproach: "brimming over and rough." Meaning not gentle. But in other places a term of praise: "to dine with you brimmers-over." Meaning noble men.
Greek Original:
*(uperfi/alos: pote\ me\n e)pi\ yo/gou: u(perfi/alos kai\ a)phnh/s. a)nti\ tou= ou)k e)/nspondos. e)n a)/llois de\ e)pi\ e)gkwmi/ou: u(perfia/loisi meq' u(mi=n dai/nusqai. a)nti\ tou= a)gaqoi=s.
Notes:
Entry based in part on the scholia to Homer, Iliad 15.94, the first of the passages quoted (Hera describing Zeus: web address 1); the second is Odyssey 2.310-311 (web address 2).
The LSJ entry is unusually full and informative.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; mythology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 August 2010@05:50:18.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added links, set status) on 23 August 2010@16:56:30.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 24 August 2010@03:15:39.
David Whitehead on 10 August 2011@09:10:31.

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