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Headword: Καμόντων
Adler number: kappa,288
Translated headword: of those whose work is done
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] of the dead.
"Even should your boat be weighed down by ghosts of those whose work is done."[1]
Greek Original:
Καμόντων: τῶν νεκρῶν. εἰ καί σοι βέβριθεν ὑπ' εἰδώλοισι καμόντων ὁλκάς.
The headword is the aorist active participle, (masculine) genitive plural, of κάμνω . This verb has a wide range of meanings -- 'work hard', 'suffer', 'get tired', 'get sick' (cf. kappa 286) -- but the aorist participle is commonly used as a euphemism for 'having died'.
The headword might be extracted from the quotation given here, but more probably from the formulaic phrase εἴδωλα καμόντων in Homer (Iliad 23.72, Odyssey 11.276, 24.14), of which the current quotation is a reminiscence; cf. scholia ad locc., Etymologicum Magnum 102.50, 488.25; Lexicon Vindobonense kappa56; and kappa 286.
[1] Greek Anthology 7.68.3-4 (Archias); see also the LSJ entry for εἴδωλον for 'ghosts' (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; imagery; mythology; poetry; religion; science and technology
Translated by: Ryan Stone on 15 March 2008@20:44:14.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (supplemented translation, augmented notes, added keywords, raised status) on 16 March 2008@02:56:41.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 16 March 2008@06:08:08.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 25 January 2013@08:22:17.


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