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Headword: Νηρηί̈δες
Adler number: nu,330
Translated headword: Nereids
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] nymphs.[1] They are 50 in number.[2] Sophocles [writes]: "followers of the hundred-footed Nereids".[3]
Greek Original:
Νηρηί̈δες: νύμφαι. ν# τὸν ἀριθμόν εἰσι. Σοφοκλῆς: τῶν ἑκατομπόδων Νηρηί̈δων ἀκόλουθοι.
Notes:
cf. nu 329, nu 331, and see generally OCD(4) s.v. Nereus and s.v. nymphs.
[1] Of the calm sea.
[2] They included Thetis, mother of Achilles (theta 294); and Homer, Iliad 18.39-49 names 33 others.
[3] Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus 718-19 (which has the singular 'follower'), with comment from the scholia there. For what this might mean -- e.g. 50 Nereids each with two feet -- see in brief LSJ s.v. ἑκατομποῦς .
Keywords: definition; epic; imagery; medicine; mythology; tragedy; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 October 2004@03:52:47.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 19 November 2004@20:18:15.
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