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Headword: Ὀρσοθύρη
Adler number: omicron,637
Translated headword: raised-door
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] a door high up on the wall.
Greek Original:
Ὀρσοθύρη: θύρα ἐν ὕψει τοῦ τοίχου.
Notes:
Likewise or similarly in other lexica; references at Photius omicron525 Theodoridis.
The ὀρσοθύρη in the great hall of Odysseus' palace features in the battle between Odysseus and the Suitors there: Homer, Odyssey 22.126, 132, 333 (web address 1). This is the gloss of the scholia at line 126, but the etymology of the word was much discussed by ancient commentators (some connecting it with omicron 629) and remains uncertain. See generally LSJ s.v., inc. the obscene usage in Semonides (sigma 446).
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Keywords: architecture; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 June 2004@07:32:59.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, link, status) on 12 July 2004@22:44:24.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 13 July 2004@03:53:10.
David Whitehead (another note) on 19 July 2013@03:48:33.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 20 July 2013@07:26:43.

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