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Headword: Λακίσματα μελῶν
Adler number: lambda,57
Translated headword: rending of limbs
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the tearing-off of flesh.[1]
And elsewhere: "then the Turks bore around the foliage of frankincense rent by the flame."[2]
Greek Original:
Λακίσματα μελῶν: τὰ τῶν σαρκῶν ἀποσχίσματα. καὶ αὖθις: εἶτα οἱ Τοῦρκοι περιέφερον τὸ φυλλῶδες τοῦ Λιβάνου τῇ φλογὶ λακιζόμενον.
Notes:
For the first of the headword phrase's two nouns see already lambda 56 (singular there, plural here; likewise the glosses -- a Greek idiom inappropriate in English).
[1] The headword phrase appears twice in the writings of Gregory of Nazianzus: in the Carmina moralia, and (with definite articles) in speech 15 In praise of the Macabees (PG 35, 925.23).
[2] Menander Protector fr. 20 FHG (4.227b), from his lost De legationibus Romanorum ad gentes, fr.10.3 quoted in extenso by Constantine Porphyrogenitus, De legationibus, 193.7. The historian gives an account of a Byzantine embassy sent by the Emperor Justin to Sogdiana in 569-571 and led by the Magister Militum per Orientem Zermarchus. A group of Turkish shamans are exorcising the legates. See Blockley’s note 128 to the passage, p.264. For frankincense see generally lambda 489.
Reference:
R.C. Blockley, ed. The History of Menander the Guardsman. ARCA, Classical and Medieval Texts, Papers and Monographs, 1985.
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Translated by: Oliver Phillips ✝ on 21 June 2006@18:09:19.
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