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Headword: *kathu/xonto
Adler number: kappa,1066
Translated headword: they were praying, they were imprecating
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] they were cursing.[1] "They were praying that those who did these things might be cast out homeless and unburied to dogs and birds, and that [the gods] might not receive their souls with kindness."[2]
Greek Original:
*kathu/xonto: kathrw=nto. kathu/xonto/ te tou\s tau=ta drw=ntas a)xw/rous te kai\ a)ta/fous kusi\ kai\ o)/rnisin e)krifh=nai kai\ ta\s yuxa\s au)tw=n mh\ u(pode/casqai su\n eu)menei/a|.
[1] The headword, presumably extracted from the quotation given, is third person plural, imperfect, of the verb kateu/xomai (which can refer to prayers or vows in a good or a bad sense).
[2] Aelian fr. 80a Domingo-Forasté (77 Hercher), cf. epsilon 1982. For "dogs and birds," cf. Homer, Iliad 1.4-5.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 24 September 2008@00:30:43.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks) on 24 September 2008@03:10:30.
Catharine Roth (updated reference) on 4 April 2012@01:38:51.
David Whitehead on 11 February 2013@04:25:51.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, expanded note) on 10 July 2019@20:11:49.


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