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Headword: Ἠλιτοεργός
Adler number: eta,251
Translated headword: missing work, deed undone
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] one who is failing in the deed/task. "So [the snake] died deed undone."[1]
Greek Original:
Ἠλιτοεργός: ὁ τοῦ ἔργου ἀποτυχών. ὣς θάνεν ἠλιτοεργός.
Notes:
The headword is probably otherwise unattested, although the LSJ s.v. notes the possibility of a dubious reading in a papyrus text of Alcaeus.
[1] Greek Anthology 7.210.7 (Antipater of Sidon), of a mother-bird whose nestlings were killed by a snake; cf. Gow and Page, vol. I (32), vol. II (84), and further excerpts from this epigram at alpha 687, epsilon 3246, eta 525, kappa 1654, and tau 390. The previous lines (at kappa 1654; see n.1 thereto for an English translation of the complete epigram) account for snake's ironic demise.
References:
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Keywords: definition; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 14 August 2006@01:21:23.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; cosmetics) on 14 August 2006@03:11:37.
David Whitehead on 14 August 2006@05:28:05.
David Whitehead (expanded note; cosmetics) on 16 December 2012@04:33:34.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 13 August 2018@13:41:25.
Ronald Allen (tweaked translation after consultation with Managing Editor Catharine Roth, rearranged notes, expanded n.1, added bibliography, added cross-references) on 22 January 2019@20:14:13.
Ronald Allen (further expanded n.1) on 28 January 2019@13:35:15.
Ronald Allen (clearer wording n.1) on 28 January 2019@17:08:07.

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