From: Carl W. Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jun 29 1999 - 20:39:37 EDT
At 7:44 PM -0400 6/29/99, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
>At 1:39 PM -0700 6/29/99, Hultberg, Alan wrote:
>>I don't know whether this question qualifies for the list, so I'm sending it
>>to you first for review (please forgive me if this is improper protocol). If
>>it does qualify, please forward it to the list.
>>In some curse tablets from Cyprus the epithets(?) hO SOTHRIANOS hO KE
>>occur frequently in phrases such as the following:
>>PARALABETE TON ANTIDIKON EMOU TOU SOTERIANOU TOU KE LIMBAROU TON ARISTWNAN
>>etc. [names of gods and daemons].
>>PARALBETE TOU ARISTWNOS TON QUMON KE THN ORGHN THN EIS EME ECI TON SOTRIANON
>>TON KE LIMBARON.
>>Any help in translating/understanding these epithets? SOTHRIANOS seems to be
>>a latinized version of SWTHR(?). LIMBAROS, a combination of LIMOS and BAROS?
>>Being burdened by hunger!!!!?????
>This is nothing more than a guess: (a) KE looks like a representation of
>Latin -QUE, which is identical in meaning (and is also the older Greek
>form--in Linear B) to Greek -TE; (b) whether or not you have identified
>the elements in LIMBAROS (I can't find it in lexica that I have available
>to me), my guess is that it must have a sense that is the reverse of
>SOTHRIANOS/SOTRIANOS or whatever; i.e., hO SOTHRIANOS hO KE LIMBAROS
>probably means "preserver and destroyer."
I think my wits must have abandoned me. The suggestion that
SOTHRIANOS/SOTRIANOS might have been Latin--even though it obviously
derives from SWTHR which is pure Greek--blinded me to the obvious: that KE
= KAI, since E and AI were pronounced alike from the second century A.D.
onwards as they are today. I still think that the phrase hO SOTHRIANOS hO
KE LIMBAROS must must something like "preserver and destroyer."
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
Summer: 1647 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
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