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Headword: Αἴθ' ὄφελες θανεῖν πανύστατον ὀρχήσασθαι
Adler number: alphaiota,137
Translated headword: if only you had died or danced for the very last time
Vetting Status: high
[sc. This is said] because they lead the owl around when they take her children; and she, not having sight during the day, dances, so to speak. Or when she is dying from a blow she turns about as though she were dancing. Callimachus speaks of her in Hecale.
Greek Original:
Αἴθ' ὄφελες θανεῖν ἢ πανύστατον ὀρχήσασθαι: ἐπειδὴ τὴν γλαῦκα ὅταν λάβωσι τὰ παιδία περιάγουσιν: ἡ δὲ μὴ βλέπουσα δι' ἡμέρας ὥσπερ ὀρχεῖται. ἢ ὅταν πληγῇ τελευτῶσα στρέφεται ὥσπερ ὀρχουμένη. Καλλίμαχος ἐν Ἑκάλῃ λέγει περὶ αὐτῆς.
Callimachus, Hecale fr. 326, with scholion. (The third word of the original must be θανέειν for metrical reasons; and ἢ πανύστατον is regarded as corrupt.)
For 'if only you had' cf. alphaiota 136.
Keywords: imagery; medicine; meter and music; mythology; poetry; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 22 May 2003@21:39:44.
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