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Headword: Ἤπειρος
Adler number: eta,429
Translated headword: mainland
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] dry land; as being in some way unlimited [apeiros]. The earth is improperly called ἤπειρος in the poets, but properly [ἤπειρος is the land] which extends into unlimited [territory], as Euripides [writes]: "sending out a mainland foot into unlimited [space]."[1]
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] 'mainland sea'.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἤπειρος: χέρσος γῆ: οἷον ἄπειρός τις οὖσα. ἤπειρος δὲ λέγεται παρὰ τοῖς ποιηταῖς ἡ γῆ καταχρηστικῶς, κυρίως δὲ ἡ εἰς ἄπειρον ἐκβάλλουσα, ὡς Εὐριπίδης: ἤπειρον εἰς ἄπειρον ἐκβαλλὼν πόδα. καὶ Ἠπειρωτὴ θάλασσα.
Notes:
cf. eta 428, eta 430. Ἤπερος can refer to the mainland of Asia Minor or the mainland of northwest Greece (Epirus): see LSJ s.v. at web address 1.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon, and cf. also a scholion on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4.71; Euripides fr. 1010.
[2] Source unidentifiable.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; imagery; poetry; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 19 September 2006@22:07:47.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplemented translation; more keywords; cosmetics) on 20 September 2006@03:34:28.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; tweaking) on 18 December 2012@07:14:35.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 22 December 2012@18:46:42.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 11 January 2015@23:39:39.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, added a link) on 8 September 2018@22:24:37.

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