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Headword: Ὄλπη
Adler number: omicron,208
Translated headword: oil-flask
Vetting Status: high
A lekythos.[1] In effect being a sort of ἐλαιόπη ,[2] because of the oil [ἔλαιον ] being monitored [ὀπιπεύεσθαι ] through it.[3]
"Since this is your birthday, [son of Simon], Krinagoras sends me with a happy heart as a present to the house of a very dear comrade: an oil-flask of bronze, but just like silver, made in India."[4]
Greek Original:
Ὄλπη: ἡ λήκυθος. οἱονεὶ ἐλαιόπη τις οὖσα, διὰ τὸ δι' αὐτῆς ὀπιπεύεσθαι τὸ ἔλαιον. ἐν Ἐπιγράμμασι: χάλκεον ἀργυρέῳ με πανείκελον, Ἰνδικὸν ἔργον, ὄλπην ἡδίστου ξείνιον εἰς ἑτάρου, ἦμαρ ἐπεὶ τόδε σεῖο γενέθλιον, πέμπει γηθομένῃ σὺν φρενὶ Κριναγόρης.
According to LSJ s.v., the olpe is an oil-flask made of leather -- but not in the instance illustrated here, evidently.
For the headword, see also under epsilon 3944.
[1] Similarly in scholia on Theocritus and Nicander; and cf. generally lambda 436, lambda 438, lambda 439.
[2] i.e. not so much olpe as oil-pe.
[3] Similarly in other lexica.
[4] Greek Anthology 6.261.
Keywords: athletics; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; poetry; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 December 2009@08:12:13.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 6 December 2009@17:41:28.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 7 December 2009@02:58:39.
David Whitehead on 24 June 2013@09:54:15.


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