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Headword: *makari/a
Adler number: mu,51
Translated headword: blessedness, Makaria
Vetting Status: high
[A way of referring to] death. [Makaria was] a daughter of Hades. And [there is] a proverb: "be gone into blessedness", meaning into misery and utter destruction. Or "begone into blessedness" [is said] by euphemism. Since even the dead are called blessed ones. [Makaria was] also a daughter of Herakles, whom the Athenians buried with very expensive funeral rites when she had died on their behalf.[1]
See under "begone into blessedness."[2]
Greek Original:
*makari/a: o( o)/leqros. quga/thr tou= a(/|dou. kai\ paroimi/a: ba/ll' e)s makari/an, a)nti\ tou= ei)s deilaio/thta kai\ panwleqri/an. h)\ ba/ll' e)s makari/an, kat' eu)fhmismo/n. e)pei\ kai\ oi( teqnew=tes makari=tai le/gontai. kai\ *(hrakle/ous quga/thr, h(\n *)aqhnai=oi u(pe\r au(tw=n a)poqanou=san polutelw=s e)/qayan. zh/tei e)n tw=| ba/ll' e)s makari/an.
[1] cf. scholia pleniora on Aristophanes, Knights 1151, where a similar expression occurs (see web address 1); cf. also Zenobius 2.61.
[2] beta 75 (and see also beta 74).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; comedy; daily life; definition; imagery; mythology; proverbs; religion; women
Translated by: Katina Ball on 24 January 2004@11:56:17.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation, added cross-reference) on 24 January 2004@13:37:30.
Catharine Roth (added note, link, and keywords; set status) on 24 January 2004@18:13:13.
David Whitehead (augmented headword, notes, keywords; supplemented and modified translation) on 25 January 2004@03:34:09.
Catharine Roth (fixed link) on 28 August 2011@22:56:13.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 28 April 2013@08:41:57.


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