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Headword: Νὴ τὴν ἱερὰν κεφαλήν
Adler number: nu,349
Translated headword: by the sacred head
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The [particle] νή is an adverb used to swear affirmatively, that is to confirm an oath, just as μά is used to swear negatively, to deny on oath.
Greek Original:
Νὴ τὴν ἱερὰν κεφαλήν: τὸ νὴ κατωμοτικόν ἐστιν ἐπίρρημα, τουτέστι μεθ' ὅρκου βεβαιωτικόν, ὥσπερ τὸ μὰ ἀπωμοτικόν, μεθ' ὅρκου ἀρνητικόν.
Notes:
For νή cf. nu 348, nu 350; for μά cf. mu 1, mu 12, mu 31. See also Smyth section 2894 (web address 1).
For 'the sacred head' cf. under omicron 251 (referring to Homer).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 3 December 2003@00:18:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (x-ref; another keyword; cosmetics) on 3 December 2003@03:05:12.
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Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 11 April 2011@15:55:56.
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