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Headword: Πύλη ἱππήλατος
Adler number: pi,3169
Translated headword: equestrian gate
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning the one] through which they had come in.[1]
Homer calls clouds 'heaven's gates'.[2]
Greek Original:
Πύλη ἱππήλατος: δι' ἧς εἰσεληλύθεισαν. Πύλας οὐρανοῦ Ὅμηρος τὰ νέφη λέγει.
Notes:
LSJ s.v. ἱππήλατος lists several phrases which include this adjective, but not the present one. It is in fact attested (but with the word-order reversed) in the comments of grammarians and scholiasts on Homer, Iliad 8.58, where 'all the gates [sc. of Troy] were opened' (web address 1). However, the Suda's gloss -- see next note -- is unparalleled.
[1] The pluperfect tense of this gloss is striking; a specific episode?
[2] From the scholia to Homer, Iliad 5.749 (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
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Keywords: architecture; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; imagery; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 February 2010@04:57:04.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 1 May 2010@22:12:07.
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David Whitehead (expanded primary note) on 17 May 2011@08:13:49.
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