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Headword: Ὁποτέρωθεν
Adler number: omicron,475
Translated headword: from which of the two sides, from which of the two directions
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] from which part.[1]
Greek Original:
Ὁποτέρωθεν: ἀπὸ ποίου μέρους.
Notes:
The headword is an adverb, on which see generally LSJ s.v. It occurs with the epic (double pi) spelling, ὁπποτέρωθεν , at Homer, Iliad 14.59 (web address 1: Nestor observes that the battle is going so badly for the Achaeans that one cannot discern from which of the two sides they are being driven in rout). The later and more normal spelling, as here, occurs in e.g. Aristotle, Parts of Animals 691b10, discussing from which of the two directions (i.e. top or bottom) the biting power of a river crocodile is greater. See also e.g. Josephus, Jewish War 6.75.
Adler also cites Lexicon Ambrosianum 418.
[1] The headword is identically glossed in the Synagoge, Photius' Lexicon (omicron417 Theodoridis, where the editor supports Coraes' proposed emendation of the first two words of the glossing phrase from ἀπὸ ποίου to ἀφ' ὁποίου ), and Lexica Segueriana 319.18. (Adler also cites Lexicon Ambrosianum 416.) Cunliffe, s.v. ὁπποτέρωθεν suggests from which quarter (p. 297).
Reference:
R.J. Cunliffe, A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect, Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1963
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; historiography; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 15 February 2010@01:19:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked headword and notes; added a keyword) on 15 February 2010@03:17:28.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; tweaking) on 5 July 2013@07:42:04.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 6 July 2013@18:11:03.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 18 April 2015@23:47:34.

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