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Headword: Ἀκραιφνοῦς
Adler number: alpha,974
Translated headword: pure, sheer
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] not-death-showing,[1] as if [to say] unharmed; for κήρ [is] death.[2]
"Out of poverty (as you know) sheer, but just, Cyprian,[3] receive these gifts." In the Epigrams.[4]
Greek Original:
Ἀκραιφνοῦς: ἀκηροφανοῦς, οἱονεὶ ἀβλαβοῦς: κὴρ γὰρ ὁ θάνατος. ἐκ πενίης [ὡς οἶσθα] ἀκραιφνέος, ἀλλὰ δικαίης, Κύπρι ταῦτα δέχευ δῶρα. ἐν Ἐπιγράμμασιν.
The headword is genitive singular of the adjective ἀκραιφνής , extracted from Thucydides: see n. 2 below. (It also appears in the quotation given, in the uncontracted form ἀκραιφνέος . LSJ entry at web address 1.
[1] Here and in other lexica (references at Photius alpha833 Theodoridis, second part) an otherwise-unattested ἀκηροφανοῦς is given as the etymon of ἀκραιφνοῦς , surely incorrectly. See further, next note.
[2] If we strip out ἀκηροφανοῦς and its etymological addendum, this gloss is the same as the one in the scholia to Thucydides 1.19.1, from where the headword has evidently been extracted.
[3] Aphrodite, born in the sea-foam off Cyprus; cf. kappa 2738.
[4] Greek Anthology 6.191.1-2.
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Translated by: Oliver Phillips ✝ on 23 June 2000@18:29:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords; cosmetics) on 5 June 2002@03:54:27.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 30 January 2012@07:43:20.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 29 April 2012@00:01:20.
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