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Headword: Aei parthenous
Adler number: alpha,632
Translated headword: eternal virgins, eternally virgins
Vetting Status: high
The Erinyes [Furies]. This [sc. way of referring to them] is legendary. It is necessary to consider them incorruptible and [that they] never stained their powers with bribes from wrong-doers. Sophocles [writes]: "I invoke as helpmates the eternal virgins, august far-striding Erinyes."[1]
Greek Original:
Aei parthenous: tas Erinnus. muthikon de esti touto. huponoein de chrê tas adôrodokêtous kai ouchi chranthênai dôrois dunamenas hupo tôn adikountôn. Sophoklês: kalô d' arôgous tas aei te parthenous semnas Erinnus tanupodas.
The headword phrase, extracted from the quotation given, is accusative plural.
For the Erinyes cf. epsilon 2994, epsilon 2995, epsilon 3580, epsilon 3581, and generally OCD(4) s.v. (pp.535-6).
[1] Sophocles, Ajax 835-837 (abridged: web address 1 below), with scholion.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; mythology; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 18 March 2001@15:59:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 19 March 2001@05:01:48.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 15 August 2006@05:00:26.
Jennifer Benedict (updated link) on 15 March 2008@22:49:45.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; cosmetics) on 12 January 2012@09:32:33.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@03:31:31.


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