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Headword: Agêlai
Adler number: alpha,217
Translated headword: to celebrate, to glorify
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to honor a god with celebrations. Thus Eupolis in Demes [writes]: "now we too should dedicate to these the twin woolly wreaths[1] and approach in celebration. Hail everyone, we welcome [you]!"[2] Aristophanes in Peace [writes]: "and with holy sacrifices and grand processions we all, on our own, glorify you, mistress, always".[3] Hermippus in Breadsellers [writes]: "come now, glorify the same gods I do and burn the incense, now that your son has been saved".[4]
Greek Original:
Agêlai: timêsai theon aglaïais. houtôs Eupolis Dêmois: anathômen nun chhêmeis toutois tas dittas eiresiônas kai prosagêlômen epelthontes. chairete pantes, dechomestha. Aristophanês Eirênêi: kai se thusiaisin hieraisi prosodois te megalais idiai pantes, ô potni', agaloumen hêmeis aei. Hermippos Artopôlisi: phere nun agêlô tous theous hoious egô kai thumiasô tou teknou sesôsmenou.
Same or similar material in other lexica; references at Photius alpha163 Theodoridis (and see also alpha164). The headword is the aorist infinitive of the verb a)ga/llw, probably quoted from Euripides, Medea 1027; cf. the scholia there.
See also alpha 218.
[1] On the role of woolly wreathes in ancient ritual see LSJ (web address 1) and epsiloniota 184, pi 1304, delta 589. A Homeric "epigram" is also called ei)resiw/nh and designed to accompany the procession (omicron 251 [note 35]).
[2] Eupolis fr. 119 Kock, now 131 K.-A. (using, in fact, a compound of the headword verb).
[3] An approximation of Aristophanes, Peace 396-398.
[4] Hermippus fr. 8 Kock (and K.-A.).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; poetry; religion; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 22 October 2000@22:35:49.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes; cosmetics) on 18 January 2001@05:57:23.
Robert Dyer (Added new note 1 and Web address. Minor spelling chnge.) on 23 January 2002@15:54:18.
Tony Natoli (Corrected link to LSJ) on 4 November 2006@20:28:46.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 5 November 2006@04:19:34.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 3 January 2012@08:47:48.
David Whitehead on 18 August 2013@07:06:18.
David Whitehead (updated 2 refs) on 23 December 2014@08:30:14.


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