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Headword: Πτεροφοίτωρ
Adler number: pi,3014
Translated headword: wing-traveling
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"Possessed of wing-traveling speed as much as anyone, simply, hastening to the place beyond the sky, where the race of winged ones grazes."[1]
Greek Original:
Πτεροφοίτωρ. τάχους ὡς ἔχει τις πτεροφοίτορος ἀτεχνῶς ἐς τὸν ὑπερουράνιον ἱέμενον τόπον, ὅπου τὸ τῶν ἐπτερωμένων νέμεται γένος.
Notes:
The unglossed headword, in the nominative singular, occurs in the genitive singular in the quotation given.
[1] Damascius, Life of Isidore fr. 78 Zintzen (36 Asmus); cf. similar language in Photius' epitome of the Life of Isidore, Biblioteca 337b.22-24, although the current headword does not occur in Photius, or anywhere else outside the Suda. Compound nouns with a final element -φοιτωρ (presumably related to the verb φοιτάω ('travel', 'visit')) are in general nearly non-existent; one other example, χθονοφοίτορες ('earth-traveling', a poetic epithet for the Moirai), is attested in Joannes of Gaza, Carmina Anacreontea 5.5. The language of this fragment, and of the corresponding section of Photius' epitome, is heavily redolent of Plato's Phaedrus (see e.g. Phaedrus 247C on the "place beyond the sky" where the "winged ones" (sc. souls) graze)); it is possible that this rare and unusually-formed term was inspired by the Platonic hapax πτεροφύτορ (α ) ('wing-sprouting') at Phaedrus 252B, which would have been indistinguishable in pronunciation from the present headword in late Greek.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; philosophy; poetry; religion; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 30 September 2013@00:04:03.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (typo, betacode tweak) on 30 September 2013@01:54:21.
David Whitehead (added primary note; tweaks; raised status) on 30 September 2013@02:59:20.
David Whitehead on 22 October 2013@10:03:56.
David Whitehead (note cosmetics, at the prompting of Ron Allen) on 10 April 2015@03:19:20.

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