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Headword: Ἥρα
Adler number: eta,449
Translated headword: Hera
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the air.[1] And because the air purifies, her image supports a bronze pair of scissors, from a metaphor of the scissors which cut the hair and make the body pure.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἥρα: ὁ ἀήρ. καὶ ἐπεὶ ὁ ἀὴρ καθαίρει, τὸ εἴδωλον αὐτῆς ἀντι- βαστάζει ψαλίδα χαλκῆν, ἀπὸ μεταφορᾶς τῆς κειρούσης ψαλίδος τὰς τρίχας καὶ καθαρὸν ἀποδεικνυούσης τὸ σῶμα.
Notes:
[1] A folk-etymology for the name of the goddess Hera; cf. eta 503.
[2] ps.-Codinus, Patria Constantinopoleos 2.5 (= Preger, Scriptores originum Constantinopolitanarum 153.7-11).
Keywords: aetiology; art history; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; historiography; imagery; religion; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 July 2006@01:24:47.
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