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Headword: Epistepheas kratêras
Adler number: epsilon,2619
Translated headword: crowned craters, crowned mixing-vessels
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning ones that are] brimming-over. For that is what the ancients used to do with their craters, considering it a good omen. A drinking-vessel was set beside each [man], and after the distribution they used to make an initial offering and start mixing. "[They] making an initial offering for all [...]",[1] not in reference to the drinking-vessels but to the men.
Greek Original:
Epistepheas kratêras: hupercheileis. houtô gar epoioun tous kratêras hoi palaioi, pros oiônou tithemenoi. hekastôi de potêrion parekeito, kai meta to dianeimai eparxamenoi ekirnôn. pasi d' eparxamenoi, ou tois potêriois, alla tois andrasin.
Notes:
The headword phrase, in the accusative plural, occurs twice in Homer (Iliad 8.232; Odyssey 2.431), but with the order of the words reversed. The comments here are an opaque paraphrase of Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 1.13D-E (1.23 Kaibel).
[1] This is a partial quotation of the Homeric sympotic formula pa=sin e)parca/menoi depa/essin (e.g. Iliad 1.471): "making an initial offering for all with the cups". The phrase that follows is attempting to explain that the adjective "all" refers not to the cups but to the men at the banquet.
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; food; imagery; poetry; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 6 December 2007@18:10:32.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 6 December 2007@20:52:25.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 7 December 2007@03:17:05.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 19 October 2012@05:21:48.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 23 October 2017@01:20:32.

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