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Headword: Νήριτον
Adler number: nu,337
Translated headword: Neriton
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a mountain [of that name].[1]
There is also a nêritos forest, [sc. meaning] a very thick one; that against which no other could contend (erisoi).[2]
But Nerikon, in [book] 10 of the Odyssey, [is] a place in Epeiros, the one later [called] Leucas.[3]
Greek Original:
Νήριτον: ὄρος. ἔστι καὶ νήριτος ὕλη, ἡ δασυτάτη: πρὸς ἣν οὐκ ἂν ἑτέρα ἐρίσοι. Νήρικον δὲ ἐν τῷ κ# τόπος Ἠπείρου ἐν Ὀδυσσείᾳ, ἡ ὕστερον Λευκάς.
[1] In Ithaca: see Homer, Iliad 2.632, Odyssey 9.22.
[2] Hesiod, Works and Days 511: countless, from privative νη- and a *ῥι- verb underlying ἀριθμός "number", εἰκοσινήριτος "twentyfold" (Frisk). This definition is given in two variants in the scholia to Hesiod, one with ἐρίσοι and the other with the equivalent φιλονικήσειεν . The latter is also in the Etymologicum Magnum. It is tempting to see the Suda's wording as proposing its own etymology, "un-contended".
[3] Nerikos (the Suda gets the gender wrong): Homer, Odyssey 24.377. The identification is made in the scholia ad loc., but in fact Nerikos was the citadel of the island of Leucas: see also Thucydides 3.7.4, Strabo 10.2.8, Stephanus of Byzantium s.v.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; poetry
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 6 October 2009@03:38:12.
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