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Headword: Αἰένυπνος
Adler number: alphaiota,95
Translated headword: ever-sleeping
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A way of describing] death, the one who is always sleeping. But it must be read as a single [word]. Sophocles [writes]: "upon you, in fact, I call, the ever-sleeping one."[1] But ἀείυπνος ['ever-sleeping'] [is also] one who is always sleeping.[2]
Greek Original:
Αἰένυπνος: ὁ θάνατος, ὁ ἀεὶ κοιμώμενος. ὑφ' ἓν δὲ ἀναγνωστέον. Σοφοκλῆς: σέ τοι κικλήσκω τὴν αἰένυπνον. ἀείυπνος δὲ ὁ ἀεὶ κοιμώμενος.
Headword and gloss occur only in reference to the passage of Sophocles cited.
[1] Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus 1578 (web address 1), where the mss have αἰενύπνον (as here), αἰὲν ἄυπνον or αἰὲν ἔνυπνον . The second and third of these variants aside, the scholiast's point is that one should read here not a two-word phrase, αἰὲν ὕπνον , but a single word, ἀείυπνον .
[2] Already at alpha 644.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; tragedy
Translated by: William Hutton on 22 May 2003@15:28:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added x-ref; cosmetics) on 23 May 2003@03:48:13.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, added link) on 13 May 2012@02:07:59.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 13 May 2012@22:22:35.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword; cosmetics) on 14 May 2012@03:21:37.
Catharine Roth (tweaked betacode) on 14 May 2012@09:40:26.


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