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Headword: Ῥεῖα
Adler number: rho,109
Translated headword: easily
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] lightly, readily,[1] conveniently, forcefully.
Homer [says]: "easily did I know as he left".[2]
Also [sc. attested is the singular] easy,[3] [meaning something] manageable, light.[4]
Greek Original:
Ῥεῖα: ῥᾳδίως, εὐκόλως, εὐμαρῶς, ἰσχυρῶς. Ὅμηρος: ῥεῖ' ἔγνων ἀπιόντος. καὶ Ῥεῖον, εὐχερές, εὔκολον.
The headword is an epic adverb; a better spelling would be ῥῆα . The form ῥέα also occurs, often where a monosyllabic scansion is possible, perhaps representing an Aeolic ῥᾶ which is also the Attic and Doric form. Grammarians cite βρᾶ (or βρᾷ ) as Aeolic -- that is, fρᾶ .
Also rho 110; see similar entries in Photius and Hesychius; cf. Etymologicum Gudianum s.v.
[1] cf. the scholia to Homer, Iliad 2.475, where the headword occurs.
[2] Homer, Iliad 13.72 (web address 1).
[3] The form ῥεῖον is only attested here, in fact.
[4] cf. rho 40.
P. Chantraine, Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque, ed. 2, Paris 2009
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 15 October 2007@21:18:13.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 16 October 2007@03:36:45.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 30 January 2010@23:42:03.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 31 January 2010@00:06:47.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 31 January 2010@01:24:59.
David Whitehead on 24 August 2011@07:16:53.
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