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Headword: Thoros
Adler number: theta,412
Translated headword: semen
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the body's seed.[1]
Nessus tells Deianeira to scrape the blood off the arrows with which he had been struck and to mix it with the semen which he had exuded and to daub Heracles or rub his clothing with it.[2]
Greek Original:
Thoros: to sperma tou sômatos. ho de Nessos legei têi Dêianeirai to haima apo tôn belôn, hois eblêthê, apoxusai kai tôi thorôi, honper autos aphêke, summixas aleipsai ton Hêraklea ê chrisai ta himatia.
cf. theta 409.
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica.
[2] This is the myth most familiar to us from Sophocles' Trachiniae -- where, however, only blood is mentioned (572). In Diodorus Siculus 4.36.5 Deianeira is told to mix sperm (gonos), oil and blood. The Suda's version was attributed by de Boor to either Nicolaus of Damascus or John of Antioch, and latterly Favuzzi (cited under delta 404) has argued for Nicolaus.
cf. generally delta 381, nu 256.
Keywords: clothing; definition; gender and sexuality; historiography; medicine; mythology; tragedy; women
Translated by: Charalampos ORFANOS on 24 January 2007@04:15:12.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked n.2; restored pre-retranslation vetting status) on 24 January 2007@05:43:01.
David Whitehead on 4 January 2013@05:56:08.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2) on 12 March 2014@07:03:14.


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