help w. METAGGI(SAS) and Epiphanius (mildly off topic)
Bill W. Rodgers
billfred at erols.com
Mon Dec 6 02:01:02 EST 1999
Tom Conry wrote:
> I'm hoping that someone may know the answer to a question about a
> form (only very, very peripherally related to NT Greek) which I
> can't seem to make sense of.
> In (pseudo-) Hippolytus Refutatio VI 19.1, discussing what
> Hippolytus polemicizes as the heretical views of Simon (of Acts
> 8:9-24 fame), we hear that Simon allegorizes the wooden horse
> (presumably from the Iliad?) and
> KAI THN hELENHN hAMA THi LAMPADI, KAI ALLA PLEISTA OSA
> METAGGI(SAS PER)I AUTOU . . .
> [The material in parentheses was filled in by the editor, who
> oftentimes in this edition seems to have made some bad
> I gather that the first part of the phrase is "and our Helen with
> the lamp" - I'm not sure what this refers to, but I haven't begun
> to look for it yet. The real stumper for me is the form that
> begins METAGGI and the editor fills in SAS to complete the form).
> I've tried searching my usual places (Great Scott, the Perseus
> search engine, asking more experienced friends) and I'm not
> coming up with anything. Does anyone have a suggestion?
> Also, I am looking for an online or in print English translation
> of Epiphanius "Panarion" (aka against heresies). Again, I can't
> seem to find one in my usual places, including searching the
> Harvard Library System. I'm sure one exists and my brain is
> simply seizing up. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
> Thanks, and sorry if this is so off topic as to be distracting.
> Tom Conry
>Tom: I would take METAGGISAS to be the nom sg masc aor act ptc of METAGGIZW, which, according to the Oxford Patristic Greek Lexicon means "to pour from one vessel into another." See p. 850.
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