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Headword: Μέλπηθρα
Adler number: mu,541
Translated headword: amusements, diversions
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] playthings, [body-]fragments.
Greek Original:
Μέλπηθρα: παίγνια, σπαράγματα.
Notes:
Homeric neuter plural (Iliad 13.233, 17.255, 18.179), describing unburied corpses as sport for dogs. Same entry, besides the Homeric scholia, in other lexica: see the references at Photius mu253 Theodoridis.
The image, with this vocabulary, also occurs in Nonnus, Dionysiaca 5.521.
Keywords: definition; epic; imagery; medicine; military affairs; poetry; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 January 2009@07:28:30.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented note, set status) on 14 January 2009@21:59:37.
David Whitehead (augmented note; another keyword) on 15 January 2009@04:06:15.
David Whitehead on 15 May 2013@06:36:59.

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