Re: PRWTOTOKOS wrt Homer

From: George Blaisdell (
Date: Sat Apr 03 1999 - 17:19:28 EST

>From: "Bill W. Rodgers"

> My rough translation of Epigram 213:

>"And Colophon, the city seen from afar,
>produced two sons excellent in
>wisdom. The PRWTOTOKOS was Homer
>and later came Nicander. Both were
>loved by the Muses in the heavens."
>If you follow the comment about metaphorical use in LSJ then perhaps
>first in rank was intended here. Certainly Nicander was no match for
>Homer. But first-born in time would also work!

Nice work, Bill ~

If your translation of 'later' is correct, then PRWTOTOKOS would
certainly seem to mean 'earlier' or 'first in time' here.

Could you possibly grace us with the Greek text of this passage?


George Blaisdell
Roslyn, WA

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