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Headword: Μυριάμφορον
Adler number: mu,1435
Translated headword: ten-thousand-amphora; with a ten-thousand-amphora capacity
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] worth ten thousand amphoras. Aristophanes [writes]: "where might I lay hold of a ten-thousand-amphora word, with which to greet you? For I had nothing at home."[1]
Greek Original:
Μυριάμφορον: μυρίων ἀμφορέων ἄξιον. Ἀριστοφάνης: πόθεν ἀναλάβοιμι ῥῆμα μυριάμφορον, ὅτῳ προσείπω σ'; οὐ γὰρ εἶχον οἴκοθεν.
Notes:
The headword, extracted from the quotation given, is the neuter accusative (and nominative and vocative) singular form of the specially-made-up two-ending adjective μυριάμφορος, -ον ; see generally LSJ s.v.
Like other compounds with myrios (and indeed myrios itself), the sense is not so much that of a literal, numerical 10,000 as of an inconceivably large number; cf. mu 1434.
[1] An approximation of Aristophanes, Peace 521-2 (web address 1), with scholion. Trygaeus expresses his wonderment at the appearance of Peace, in the form of a statue, with attendants Holiday and Cornucopia.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 13 September 2008@03:04:20.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 15 September 2008@19:58:28.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 16 September 2008@03:50:09.
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