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Headword: *leukh\ h(me/ra
Adler number: lambda,323
Translated headword: white day, brilliant day
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the good [kind]. From the proverb speaking "of the things for a quiver". For Phylarchus says[1] that the Scythians, when they were about to lie down to sleep, brought their quiver, and if they happened to have passed that day unharmed, they dropped a white pebble into the quiver, but if [they had passed the day] troublesomely, [they dropped] a black one. Accordingly, in the case of men who were dying, they brought out their quivers and counted the pebbles; and if many white ones were found,[2] they declared the departed fortunate. Whence the proverb.[3]
Greek Original:
*leukh\ h(me/ra: h( a)gaqh/. a)po\ th=s paroimi/as th=s legou/shs tw=n ei)s fare/tran. *fu/larxos ga/r fhsi tou\s *sku/qas me/llontas kaqeu/dein a)/gein th\n fare/tran, kai\ ei) me\n a)lu/pws tu/xoien th\n h(me/ran e)kei/nhn diagago/ntes, kaqie/nai ei)s th\n fare/tran yh=fon leukh/n, ei) de\ o)xlhrw=s, me/lainan. e)pi\ toi/nun tw=n a)poqnhsko/ntwn e)kfe/rein ta\s fare/tras kai\ a)riqmei=n ta\s yh/fous: kai\ ei) eu(reqei/hsan pollai\ leukai/, eu)daimoni/zein to\n a)pogeno/menon. o(/qen h( paroimi/a.
[1] FGrH 81 F83.
[2] Note the use of the optative mood here: all the present infinitives stand for imperfect in direct speech, hence the general statements are in past time.
[3] cf. Zenobius 6.13; and see again at tau 868 (also epsilon 2040, lambda 322).
Keywords: daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; historiography; imagery; military affairs; proverbs
Translated by: Timothy Pepper on 7 February 2001@05:49:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (re-arranged notes; added keywords; cosmetics) on 7 February 2001@09:33:59.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 3 August 2006@08:13:20.
Catharine Roth (added cross-references and keyword) on 31 March 2009@22:14:51.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 15 April 2013@07:41:00.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 24 April 2020@01:20:48.


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