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Headword: Χάλκεος
Adler number: chi,29
Translated headword: brazen
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] strong, firm.[1]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] 'in a brazen jar'. Homer [writes]: "in a brazen jar was he bound for thirteen months." That is, with a bond strong and indissoluble.[2]
Alternatively there was a city called Brazen Jar.[3]
[Note] that Didymus the grammarian was called "brazen-bowelled" because of his steadfast activity in books, for they say that he compiled more than 3500 books.[4]
Greek Original:
Χάλκεος: ἰσχυρός, στερεός. καὶ Χαλκέῳ κεράμῳ: Ὅμηρος: χαλκέῳ δ' ἐν κεράμῳ δέδετο τρισκαίδεκα μῆνας. ἤγουν δεσμῷ ἰσχυρῷ καὶ δυσλύτῳ. ἢ πόλις καλεῖται Χαλκὸς κέραμος. ὅτι Δίδυμος ὁ γραμματικὸς Χαλκέντερος ἐκλήθη διὰ τὴν περὶ τὰ βιβλία ἐπιμονήν: φασι γὰρ αὐτὸν συγγεγραφέναι ὑπὲρ τὰ τρισχίλια πεντακόσια βιβλία.
Notes:
[1] Likewise in the Lexica Segueriana, and cf. Hesychius (chi69) and the definition given in the Lexeis Homerikai [web address 1] published by H. van Thiel, s.v. χάλκεον .
[2] Homer, Iliad 5.387, with scholion; and cf. Hesychius chi70: "prison, jar, and boundary"
[3] cf. the D-scholia to Iliad loc.cit.
[4] Quoted from delta 872, q.v.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; imagery; poetry; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Adam McCollum on 13 March 2006@18:54:46.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference and keyword) on 14 March 2006@00:45:00.
David Whitehead (tweaked translation; added a keyword; cosmetics) on 14 March 2006@03:27:32.
Catharine Roth (replaced link, with input from Adam McCollum) on 4 June 2007@14:09:56.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation at the instigation of Ken Dowden) on 25 June 2007@12:26:35.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 7 November 2013@06:09:59.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 5 December 2014@00:03:05.

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