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Headword: Ὄγκος
Adler number: omicron,21
Translated headword: bulk, mass, pride
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] weight.[1]
Sophocles [writes]: "you have come home as a small bulk in a small container".[2] Concerning Orestes' remains. And in Trachiniae [he writes]: "for what need, otherwise, to nurture a mother's pride?"[3]
Also [sc. attested is the related adjective] εὔογκον ["well-bulked"], [meaning something] easy to move.[4]
Greek Original:
Ὄγκος: τὸ βάρος. Σοφοκλῆς: μικρὸς προσήκεις ὄγκος ἐν μικρῷ κύτει. περὶ τῶν Ὀρέστου λειψάνων. καὶ ἐν Τραχινίαις: ὄγκον γὰρ ἄλλως ὀνόματος τί δεῖ τρέφειν μητρῷον; καὶ Εὔογκον, τὸ εὐβάστακτον.
[1] This is LSJ's ὄγκος (B). See also omicron 22, and under kappa 2791. (For ὄγκος (A), see omicron 23.)
[2] Sophocles, Electra 1142.
[3] Sophocles, Women of Trachis 817-818.
[4] Photius has a longer definition (of this neuter, evidently quoted from somewhere), amounting to the same thing.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; mythology; tragedy; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 4 November 2009@03:59:40.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 4 November 2009@10:00:42.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 5 November 2009@03:03:43.
David Whitehead on 21 June 2013@04:28:13.


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