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Headword: Ἀμβρόσιον
Adler number: alpha,1539
Translated headword: ambrosial
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] divine or immortal or wondrous.[1]
Or undefiled, uncorrupted.[2]
"For the girl was some ambrosial child of Loves and Graces."[3]
Greek Original:
Ἀμβρόσιον: θεῖον ἢ ἀθάνατον ἢ θαυμαστόν. ἢ ἀκήρατον, ἄφθαρτον. ἦν γὰρ Ἐρώτων καὶ Χαρίτων ἡ παῖς ἀμβρόσιόν τι θάλος.
Notes:
Masculine accusative singular or neuter nominative/accusative singular of this adjective (for which see already alpha 1538, and cf. alpha 1537 and alpha 1540). Perhaps extracted from the quotation given here, where it is neuter; alternatively from Homer. (There are three almost identical instances in the Iliad -- 5.369, 13.35, 14.178; and Latte on Hesychius s.v. chooses the last.)
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica; references at Photius alpha1169 Theodoridis.
[2] cf. alpha 1540.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.292.3-4; again at theta 12.
Keywords: children; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 1 August 2000@12:52:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 28 February 2001@10:12:16.
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