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Headword: Λοιμός
Adler number: lambda,757
Translated headword: plague, pestilence
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the corrupter.
Greek Original:
Λοιμός: ὁ φθορεύς.
Notes:
A marginal addition, Adler reports, in ms M (and positioned after lambda 840 in mss PV).
From ps.-Herodian, Epimerismi 80, which is probably behind Eustathius' comments on Homer, Iliad 1.67 (1.80). φθορεύς seems an oddly personal word to use as a gloss (nouns in -ευς generally denote personal agents), but ps.-Herodian and Eustathius seem to treat it as a simple adjective meaning "causing corruption/death". On the other hand, given the personified usage of the headword we find at lambda 759 it is difficult to know what the Suda contributor had in mind.
See also lambda 839 (init.).
Keywords: definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 June 2009@08:42:42.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (tweaked tr., augmented and modified note, raised status) on 28 June 2009@09:53:46.
William Hutton (cleared up my own misstatements) on 28 June 2009@13:58:35.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 29 June 2009@03:01:35.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 22 April 2013@08:59:10.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 19 January 2015@16:35:19.

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