Tuesday, September 22, 2020



Homer, Iliad 8.487-488 (tr. Peter Green):
Against the Trojans' will daylight ebbed, but to the Achaians
most welcome, much prayed for, was dark night's arrival.

Τρωσὶν μέν ῥ᾿ ἀέκουσιν ἔδυ φάος, αὐτὰρ Ἀχαιοῖς
ἀσπασίη τρίλλιστος ἐπήλυθε νὺξ ἐρεβεννή.
τρίλλιστος (a hapax legomenon) = πολύλλιστος.

Line 488 might make a good inscription for a gravestone.

See Stefan Höfler, "A Night Reconnaissance: On Νύξ and its epithets in Homer ," in Language Change in Epic Greek and other Oral Traditions (Conference at Leiden University, Centre for Linguistics, October 27-29, 2016).

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