Commentary on the Odyssey (1886)

Commentary on the Odyssey (1886)
By W. Walter Merry
Oxford Clarendon Press 1886-1901

Perseus Documents Collection Table of Contents

Book 1 (α)

Book 2 (β)

Book 3 (γ)

Book 4 (δ)

Book 5 (ε)

Book 6 (ζ)

Book 7 (η)

Book 8 (θ)

Book 9 (ι)

Book 10 (κ)

Book 11 (λ)

Book 12 (μ)

Book 13 (ν)

Book 14 (ξ)

Book 15 (ο)

Book 16 (π)

Book 17 (ρ)

Book 18 (ς)

Book 19 (τ)

Book 20 (υ)

Book 21 (φ)

Book 22 (χ)

Book 23 (ψ)

Book 24 (ω)

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Book 2

Book 2 (β)

Commentary on line 1

r(ododa/ktulos. If this epithet is anything more than an element in the description of the feminine beauty of Eos, we may perhaps see in it an allusion to the spreading rays of rosy light, like fingers of an open hand, which are often visible just before sunrise. εἶεν δ' ἂν Ἠοῦς δάκτυλοι κατὰ ἀλληγορίαν αἱ τοῦ ἡλίου ἀκτῖνες Eustath. ad loc.

*)hw/s, the Aeolic form of which is αὔως, is the same as the Latin Aurora (i. e. aus-osa) and the Sanskrit us-ar, uS-asa, the root running through all the forms, being us, meaning to give heat, or light. See Curt. G. E. p. 358.