L’ASPIDE SANGUINARIA:ESEGESI DI UN PASSO DEI THERIAKÁ DI NICANDRO (vv. 157-89)

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Abstract

In a passage of Nicander’s Theriaká on the snake called aspis the adjectiveἀμυδρότατον is attested (Th. 158). The aim of this paper is todefine the meaning of this adjective. Ancient and modern scholars havevariously interpreted it: some of them referred ἀμυδρότατον to the lazinessand sluggishness of the animal, others to its perniciousness. However,both these meanings are quite atypical: ἀμυδρός usually means‘weak, faint, obscure’. Here I suggest that the value of the adjectiveἀμυδρότατον in Th. 158 should be related to its original meaning.
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)167-176
Numero di pagine10
RivistaSTUDI CLASSICI E ORIENTALI
Volume61
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2015

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