κεῖται μὲν γαίῃ φθίμενον δέμας, ἡ δὲ δοθεῖσα ψυχή μοι ναίει δώματ’ ἐπουράνια –> my body lies mouldering in the ground, but the soul entrusted to me dwells in heavenly abodes

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κεῖται μὲν γαίῃ φθίμενον δέμας -> a mortal body lying on earth?
https://epigraphy.packhum.org/text/42610
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"[My] body lies mouldering in the ground, but [my] soul ..." etc. etc.  When LSJ equates φθίμενον δέμας with σῶμα, I suppose they're thinking something like "mortal remains."  I take φθίμενον more literally — not so much dead as decaying.
« Last Edit: 09 Jul, 2020, 20:02:01 by billberg23 »



 

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