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Headword: Κατωμαδόν
Adler number: kappa,1112
Translated headword: from the shoulders, on the shoulders
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] down from the shoulders.[1]
Josephus [writes]: "Sampson having lifted the gates and the doorposts [and] carrying them on his shoulders into the mountain sets them down."[2]
Greek Original:
Κατωμαδόν: κατὰ τὸν ὤμων. Ἰώσηπος: ὁ δὲ Σαμψὼν ἀράμενος τὰς πύλας καὶ τὰς φλιὰς κατωμαδὸν εἰς τὸ ὄρος φέρων κατατίθησιν.
[1] [Adler's text, reproduced here, has a rare misprint: κατὰ τὸν ὤμων . Bernhardy (1853 edition, available on Google Books) reads κατὰ τῶν ὤμων with the article in the genitive plural agreeing with the noun.] Same glossing in other lexica, including Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon, and in a scholion on Homer, Iliad 15.352 (where the headword adverb occurs: web address 1).
[2] Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 5.305 (web address 2); cf. epsilon 1430. For Sampson see generally sigma 87, sigma 88.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: architecture; biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; historiography; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 5 October 2008@21:34:59.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more x-refs; another keyword; tweaks) on 6 October 2008@03:01:05.
Catharine Roth (my typo) on 6 October 2008@11:47:55.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1, for clarity) on 24 March 2011@04:22:13.
David Whitehead on 11 February 2013@06:49:44.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 15 February 2013@00:17:26.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 10 April 2015@01:13:37.


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