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Headword: Περισκελές
Adler number: pi,1281
Translated headword: hard, harsh, obstinate
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] hard, difficult.[1]
Ajax says: "long and innumerable time brings forth all invisible things and, when they have appeared, hides them. And nothing is beyond expectation, but the terrible oath and the stubborn mind are overcome. For I also, who then endured terrible things, as iron is tempered, have been softened in my speech by this woman."[2]
Greek Original:
Περισκελές: σκληρόν, δυσχερές. Αἴας φησίν: ἅπανθ' ὁ μακρὸς κἀναρίθμητος χρόνος φύει τ' ἄδηλα καὶ φανέντα κρύπτεται: κοὐκ ἔστ' ἄελπτον οὐδέν, ἀλλ' ἁλίσκεται χὠ δεινὸς ὅρκος καὶ περισκελεῖς φρένες. κἀγὼ γάρ, ὃς τὰ δείν' ἐκαρτέρουν τότε, βαφῇ σίδηρος ὥς, ἐθηλύνθην στόμα πρὸς τῆσδε τῆς γυναικός.
[1] Likewise in the Synagoge and in Photius, Lexicon pi752 Theodoridis, similarly in Hesychius pi1854 and in a scholion to Sophocles, Ajax 649; cf. next note. The headword is neuter nominative/accusative singular of the ambiguous adjective περισκελής : see generally LSJ s.v. A (from the verb σκέλλω ) and B (from the noun σκέλος ). The present glossing ought to indicate that this instance falls under A, though Hesychius (above) adds 'or as far as the feet', which looks like a comment on the περισκελές garment in Leviticus 6.3 LXX. Either way, it must be quoted from somewhere (other than the quotation given, which has the masculine nominative plural); extant possibilities for A include Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 4.28.1.
[2] Sophocles, Ajax 646-652 (web address 1); quoted already in part at alpha 550, alpha 2046, and epsilon 323.
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Keywords: clothing; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; philosophy; religion; tragedy; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 24 November 2011@00:56:57.
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David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 24 November 2011@03:26:04.
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