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Headword: Γηρωβοσκῶ
Adler number: gamma,250
Translated headword: I tend in old age
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] I care for the elderly.[1]
Sophocles [writes]: "so that he would come to tend [them] in their old age for ever, up until they should come to the recesses of the god below."[2]
Greek Original:
Γηρωβοσκῶ: γηροτροφῶ. Σοφοκλῆς: ὅπως γένηται γηροβοσκὸς εἰς ἀεὶ, μέχρις ἂν μυχοὺς κίχωσι τοῦ κάτω θεοῦ.
[1] Same gloss in Hesychius. See already gamma 249.
[2] Sophocles, Ajax 570-1 (web address 1); cf. mu 1496. In this verse the meter requires the spelling with omicron; according to LSJ s.v. γηροβοσκέω the forms with omega (γηρω- ) could be from contraction of γηραο- but are more probably misspellings. Cf. gamma 251.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: daily life; definition; ethics; mythology; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 July 2002@16:57:09.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 9 July 2002@03:32:23.
David Whitehead (x-ref; tweaks) on 20 August 2009@03:56:47.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 7 June 2012@05:54:17.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, upgraded link) on 9 September 2012@00:53:14.
David Whitehead on 28 September 2015@03:53:09.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 30 March 2016@11:30:55.


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