Re: 'Bishops'

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Fri Mar 29 1996 - 10:21:37 EST

On 3/29/96, A. B. Hudson wrote:

> Is there any reason why MIAS GUNAIKOS ANDRA could not be a locution for "a
> faithful husband" (ie. not a womanizer)? I have always found it odd that
> this appears in a list otherwise concerned an overseer's behaviour.

I've sort of supposed (don't know whether it could be proved) that it
represents the Roman ideal expressed in the Latin adjective "univira,"
which refers to a woman who has had only one husband--not divorced or
widowed and remarried. The fidelity extended beyond death to a single
husband was thus esteemed in words, however frequently or infrequently in

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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