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Headword: Ῥαδινή
Adler number: rho,16
Translated headword: slender, tender
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] weak, thin.[1] "A man's head exposed to the sun [is] strong, but the shaded [head is] is tender."[2]
In the Epigrams: "o of the foot, o of the shin, [...] o of the slender neck."[3] And elsewhere: "the slender Melite at the threshold of long old age did not lose the grace of youth."[4] And elsewhere: "no longer curled under the long-leaved expanse of a shoot will I sing, uttering a sound from slender mouths."[5]
Greek Original:
Ῥαδινή: ἀσθενής, λεπτή. κεφαλὴ ἀνθρώπου καρτερὰ μὲν ἡ ἡλιουμένη, ῥαδινὴ δὲ ἡ ἐσκιατραφημένη. καὶ ἐν Ἐπιγράμμασι: ὦ ποδός, ὦ κνήμης, ὦ τοῦ ῥαδινοῖο τραχήλου. καὶ αὖθις: ἡ ῥαδινὴ Μελίτη ταναοῦ ἐπὶ γήραος οὐδῷ τὴν ἀπὸ τῆς ἥβης οὐκ ἀπέθηκε χάριν. καὶ αὖθις: οὐκέτι δὴ τανύφυλλον ὑπὸ πλάκα κλωνὸς ἑλιχθεὶς φθέγξομ' ἀπὸ ῥαδινῶν φθόγγων ἱεὶς στομάτων.
Notes:
[1] The headword is feminine nominative singular of this adjective. It might be quoted from somewhere in this precise form, and, if so, perhaps from the quotation which immediately follows (other possibilities include Nicander, Theriaca 544); however, the glossing is essentially the same as that provided for the accusative ῥαδινήν in Homer, Iliad 23.583; cf. the scholia there, and other lexica.
[2] Synesius, In Praise of Baldness PG 66.1189b.
[3] Greek Anthology 5.131.1 & 3.
[4] Greek Anthology 5.281.1-2.
[5] An approximation of Greek Anthology 7.200.1-2; the poem has τέρπομαι "I delight" instead of φθέξομαι , φθόγγον (accusative singular) instead of φθόγγων (genitive plural), and πτερύγων "wings" instead of στομάτων .
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; medicine; poetry; rhetoric; women; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 September 2010@19:42:36.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 September 2010@05:30:52.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 25 August 2011@08:24:13.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 25 August 2011@20:32:07.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword) on 24 October 2013@09:26:50.

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