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Headword: Ἅλα
Adler number: alpha,1049
Translated headword: salt
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] excrements.[1] In [the] Odyssey: "you would not give even salt out of [your] house to your suppliant."[2]
Greek Original:
Ἅλα: τὰ κόπρια. ἐν Ὀδυσσείᾳ: οὐ σύ γ' ἐξ οἴκου σῷ ἐπιστάτῃ οὐδ' ἅλα δοίης.
Notes:
Same entry in ps.-Zonaras.
[1] A misinterpretation, surely, of this accusative singular (especially if, as is reasonable to suppose, it is extracted from the quotation given); cf. generally alpha 1047.
[2] Homer, Odyssey 17.455 (web address 1). Apparently a proverbial expression for a minimal gift; compare Theocritus, Idylls 27.61.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: daily life; definition; epic; ethics; food; poetry; proverbs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 16 February 2001@22:07:44.
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