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A short scholion on Scylla and Hydra in Armenian   Leave a comment

Another short passage from ACC 119, f. 348v (cf. this post) is a scholion on Scylla and Hydra, unrelated to the surrounding texts.

ACC 119, f. 348v.

ACC 119, f. 348v.

So it reads,

Գի՛րք ասեն սիկղ՛ եւ հիդրայն ծով<ա>յինք սիկղ՛ն շու՛ն ասի գ գլխի եւ հիդրայն չար եւ՛ս քան զնայ

  • ծովային adj < ծով, -ուց sea
  • շուն, շանց dog

Books say Scylla and Hydra are sea-creatures. Scylla is said to be a dog with three heads, and Hydra to be more dangerous than that.

I have not found in Greek any lines exactly corresponding to these, but for what they’re worth, here are a few loosely related places from Greek literature. (Translations my own.) The following line from Anaxilas (= fr. 22) is quoted in Athenaeus, Deipn. 13.6:

τρίκρανος Σκύλλα, ποντία κύων.

three-headed Scylla, a dog of the sea

The Hydra is canonically described in Ps.-Apoll., Bibliotheca 2.77:

εἶχε δὲ ἡ ὕδρα ὑπερμέγεθες σῶμα, κεφαλὰς ἔχον ἐννέα, τὰς μὲν ὀκτὼ θνητάς, τὴν δὲ μέσην ἀθάνατον.

The Hydra had a huge body with nine heads, eight of them mortal and the middle one immortal.

The Hydra is described as ἀμφίκρανος in Eur., Her. fur. There (1274-1278) Herakles (also mentioning Cerberus) says

τὴν τ᾽ ἀμφίκρανον καὶ παλιμβλαστῆ κύνα

ὕδραν φονεύσας μυρίων τ᾽ ἄλλων πόνων

διῆλθον ἀγέλας κἀς νεκροὺς ἀφικόμην,

Ἅιδου πυλωρὸν κύνα τρίκρανον ἐς φάος

ὅπως πορεὐσαιμ᾽ ἐντολαῖς Εὐρυσθέως.

Having killed the dog with re-sprouting heads all around, the Hydra, Ι completed scores οf countless other toils and reached the dead, to bring to light at Eurystheus’ command Hades’ porter, the three-headed dog.

Hesychius says the Hydra is a water-snake (ὁ ὕδρος ὄφις. οἱ δὲ τὸν χέρσυδρον), and much later a specific description as “wicked” we find in Joannes Tzetzes, Chil. 2.36.263,

Καὶ πεντηκοντακέφαλος ὕδρα τις ἡ κακία.

And a Hydra, the evil with fifty heads.

Finally, the Ps.-Nonnos Scholia (surviving in Greek, Armenian, Syriac, and Georgian) have paragraphs on both creatures: Scholia Inv I 49 (Arm 46 [Manandian, p. 264]) on the Hydra, and 52 (Arm 49 [Manandian, pp. 264-265]), on Scylla. (I hope to offer a post on both of these paragraphs soon.)

Old Georgian phrases and sentences 55 (Thalassius 1.12)   Leave a comment

This time we turn to the Περί ἀγάπης και ἐγκρατείας — Four Centuries (400 Chapters) on Love and Self-control — of Abba Thalassius (CPG 7848), a contemporary of Maximus the Confessor. The work is made up of 400 sentences on the spiritual life and practice. Given the work’s character as apophthegmatic, it will serve as an excellent text for language learners, whether in Greek, Georgian, or Arabic (on which see GCAL I 406): the whole work is not long, many of the sentences are short and grammatically simple, and there is frequent repetition of certain lexical items.

The Greek text is readily available in (at least) two editions:

An edition of the Georgian translation, based chiefly on Athos 49, but with reference to the other two known copies, was published by my friend, Fr. Andrew Boroda (ა. ბოროდა) as an addendum to the Annual Calendar of the Georgian Orthodox Church, 1992 (Tbilisi), pp. 414-483: წმიდა აბბა თალასე „სიყვარულის, მარხვის და სულიერი მოქალაქობის შესახებ‟. The Georgian translation is thought to be the work of George the Hagiorite. At least three manuscripts are known: Athos 49 (early 11th cent.), A55 (11th/12th cent.), and the much later A66 (1710). According to Blake, who cataloged the Georgian Athos manuscripts, the Athos manuscript is the work of George the Hagiorite himself.

Before turning to the Georgian again, note that there is an accessible digitized manuscript of the Greek text in BL Add. 24375, with the saying below (1.12) on ff. 79r-v. It does not differ from the PG and Philokalia editions.

Add MS 24375, f. 79r, bottom

Add MS 24375, f. 79r, bottom

Add MS 24375, f. 79v, top

Add MS 24375, f. 79v, top

The PG and Philokalia editions for this sentence read as follows:

δυνατὸς ἀνὴρ ἐκεῖνος ὑπάρχει, ὁ πράξει καὶ γνώσει τὴν κακίαν ἀπελαύνων.

Georgian tr.

ძლიერი კაცი იგი არს, რომელი საქმით და ცნობით და სიტყჳთ და გონებით უკეთურებასა სდევნიდეს.

  • ძლიერი strong, able, capable
  • საქმეჲ deed, doing; thing
  • ცნობაჲ understanding, grasping, recognition, perception
  • სიტყუაჲ speech, talking, word(s)
  • გონებაჲ thought(s), thinking
  • უკეთურებაჲ evil
  • ს-დევნ-იდ-ეს pres conj 3sg O3 დევნა to drive out, displace, persecute, chase

An ET of the Georgian:

Able is the man who shall by deed, by knowledge, by word, and by thought drive out evil.

The Georgian version, then, compared with the Greek text of the PG and Phil. editions, has two additional nouns. Note also the Georgian pres conj for Greek pres ptcp.

More to come, I hope, in Old Georgian phrases and sentences from this text, but for now, let this sentence suffice!

Lk 4:23 in Persian   Leave a comment

We recently took a look at Lk 4:23 in Old Georgian and some other versions. To those texts let’s now add the Persian witness, which includes (at least) three versions: the Gospel text published in the London Polyglot [L] and Abraham Wheeloc(ke)’s edition [W] and the Persian Gospel Harmony [GospHarm] (the so-called Persian Diatessaron, although it is distinct from Tatian and the Arabic Diatessaron). In the Roman representation below, I have included vowels, but it is still closer to a transliteration than a phonetic transcription. The three texts stand far enough apart to be treated differently, with different word order and different vocabulary — e.g. “heal!” is tīmār kun, tan-durust kun, or šifā bi-de — across all three texts.

Lk 4:23 GospHarm (3.2, ed. Messina, p. 192, ll. 15-17)

وگفت ديگر بار اين مثل با من ميگوييد ای پزشك نفس خودرا تيمار كن وهرچه شنيديم در كُفرناحوم كردى اينجا در شهر خود بكن

va-guft dīgar bār: īn maṯal bā man mī-gūyīd: ay bizišk, nafs-i xūd-rā tīmār kun va-harče šinīdīm dar Kufarnāḥūm kardī, īnǧā dar šahr-i xūd bi-kun!

Lk 4:23 W

گفت با ايشان مگر مى گوييد اين مثل كه اى طبى خودرا تندرست كن و هر چه شنيديم كه كردى در كفرناحوم اينجا نيز بكن در شهر خود

guft bā īšān magar mī-gūyīd īn maṯal ke: ay ṭibbī [sic! prob. leg. ṭabīb], xūd-rā tan-durust kun, va-har če šinīdīm ke kardī dar Kafarnāḥūm, īnǧā nīz bi-kun dar šahr-i xūd!

  • ṭibbī medical > physician, or better, read ṭabīb?

Lk 4:23 L

عيسى گفت باز اين مثل مى گوييد اى طبيب خودرا شفا بده وهرچه شنيديم كه در كفرناحوم كردى اينجا در شهر خود بكن

ʿĪsá guft bāz: īn maṯal-rā bā man mī-gūyīd: ay ṭabīb, xūd-rā šifā bi-de, va-harče šinīdīm ke dar Kafarnāḥūm kardī, īnǧā dar šahr-i xūd bi-kun!

Old Georgian phrases and sentences 54 (Lk 4:23: Physician, heal thyself!)   1 comment

Below is Lk 4:23 in the Old Georgian Adishi version, divided into phrases. For comparison, I also give Greek, Syriac (Peshitta), and Armenian (Künzle). (Since the online display of Syriac is still so sketchy depending on a machine’s setup, I give the Syriac in transliteration.)

  1. καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς·
  2. āmar lhon Išoʿ
  3. Եւ ասէ ցնոսա·
  4. და თავადმან ჰრქუა მათ:
  • თავადი he himself
  1. πάντως ἐρεῖτέ μοι τὴν παραβολὴν ταύτην·
  2. kbar tēmrun li matlā hānā
  3. ապաքէն ասիցէ՞ք առ իս զառակս զայս·
  4. მრქუათ სამე იგავი ესე:
  • მ-რქუ-ა-თ aor conj 2pl O1 რქუმა to say
  • სამე well
  • იგავი proverb
  1. ἰατρέ, θεράπευσον σεαυτόν·
  2. āsyā assā napšāk
  3. բժիշկ. բժշկեա զանձն քո·
  4. მკურნალო, განიკურნე თავი შენი!
  • მკურნალი physician, healer
  • გან-ი-კურნ-ე aor impv 2sg განკურნება to heal
  • თავი head > self
  1. ὅσα ἠκούσαμεν γενόμενα εἰς τὴν Καφαρναοὺμ ποίησον καὶ ὧδε ἐν τῇ πατρίδι σου.
  2. w-kul da-šmaʿn da-ʿbadt ba-kparnaḥum ʿbed āp hārkā ba-mdi(n)tāk [Sinaiticus paraphrases: w-aylēn da-šmaʿton d-ʿebdet ba-kparnaḥām tēmrun li ʿbed āp hārkā ba-mdi(n)tāk]
  3. որչափ լուա́ք զոր արարեր ի կափառնաւում. արա եւ ա́ստ ի քում գաւառի։.
  4. რავდენი გუესმა საქმე კაფარნაომს, ქმენ აქაცა, მამულსა შენსა!
  • გუ-ე-სმ-ა aor 3sg O1pl (indir. vb) სმენა to hear
  • საქმე thing
  • ქმენ aor impv 2sg ქმნა to do
  • მამული homeland, place of origin (< მამაჲ father)

The twelve peoples with writing systems, according to a 15th-cent. Armenian manuscript   4 comments

The fifteenth century manuscript, Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia (ACC, Antelias, Lebanon) № 119, contains a large number of short texts, mostly anonymous, on theological and philosophical topics. One such short text (f. 350v), not really theological or philosophical, is a chart that lists the nations said to have a writing system. As the title indicates, there were supposed to be twelve, but the scribe only found eleven, as his concluding note says. In addition to the ethnonyms, to the right of each name is a number, which seems to be the number of letters thought to be in the writing system, although these are not altogether reliable. A similar text is published in Michael E. Stone, Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Adam & Eve, Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha 14 (Leiden, 1996), p. 163 (see p. 159 for more), but that text has a different list of peoples and different preceding and concluding remarks, nor is the number of letters for each script given.

ACC 119, f. 350v

ACC 119, f. 350v

So the text is:

Յաղագս բժ ազգացդ որ գիր ունին

Եբրայեցի գիրն իդ

Յունացն իբ

Հոռոմոցն իբ

Ասորոցն իբ

Հայոցն լզ

Աղ<ո>ւանն ժբ

Վրացին իէ

Եգիպտացին է

Հնդիկն թ

Տաճկացն իը

Թաթարին իա

Զմի ազգ չգտայ որ գրել էի

English translation:

On the Twelve Peoples that Have Writing

Hebrew writing 24

[The writing] of the Greeks 22

[The writing] of the  Romans 22

[The writing] of the Syrians 22

[The writing] of the Armenians 36

Albanian [writing] 12

Georgian [writing] 27

Egyptian [writing] 7

Indian [writing] 9

[The writing] of the Turks 28

Tatar [writing] 21

I did not find one people group which I was to write.

Old Georgian phrases and sentences 53 (Brood of vipers; with Armenian)   Leave a comment

As an unsavory address to one’s interlocutors, γεννήματα ἐχιδνῶν “brood of vipers”, which both John the Baptist and Jesus use, is one of the more memorable in the New Testament. (For Strack & Billerbeck on γεννήματα ἐχιδνῶν, see their Kommentar, vol. 1, p. 114.) Here are verses (Mt 3:7, Mt 12:34, Mt 23:33) where it occurs in Greek, Armenian (Künzle), and various Georgian versions with, as usual, vocabulary lists and grammatical notes. (A-89/A-844 is given in both asomtavruli and mxedruli.)

Mt 3:7

Ἰδὼν δὲ πολλοὺς τῶν Φαρισαίων καὶ Σαδδουκαίων ἐρχομένους ἐπὶ τὸ βάπτισμα αὐτοῦ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· γεννήματα ἐχιδνῶν, τίς ὑπέδειξεν ὑμῖν φυγεῖν ἀπὸ τῆς μελλούσης ὀργῆς;

Եւ տեսեալ զբազումս ի սադուկեցւոցն եւ ի փարիսեցւոց եկեալս ի մկրտութիւնն նորա, ասէ ցնոսա· ծնունդք իժից, ո՞ ցոյց ձեզ փախչել ի բարկութենէն որ գալոցն է։.

  • [the order of “Pharisees and Sadducees” is flipped]
  • մկրտութիւն baptism
  • ծնունդ, ծննդեան, -դոց generation, offspring (also nativity, birth, as in ծնունդ Քրիստոսի = Xmas)
  • իժ, -ից viper
  • ցոյց aor 3sg ցուցանեմ, ցուցի to show, indicate, point out
  • փախչել inf of փախչիմ, -եայ to flee
  • բարկութիւն anger, wrath
  • գալոց (inf >) ptcp գամ, եկի to come (see Meillet, Altarm. Elementarbuch § 105e for this kind of ptcp)

3:7 Adishi

[და] ვითარცა იხილნა ფა[რ]ისეველნი და ს[ად]უკეველნი, მომავალნი ნათლის-ღებად მისგან, ჰრქუა მათ: ნაშობნო იქედნეთანო, ვინ გიჩუენა თქუენ სივლტოლაჲ მერმისა მისგან მომავალისა რისხვისა?

  • [Nothing for πολλούς. An apparent doublet: მერმისა…მომავალისა for μελλούσης.]
  • ი-ხილ-ნ-ა aor 3sg N ხილვა to see
  • მომავალი coming, to come (adj), future
  • ნათლის-ღებაჲ baptism (lit. receiving, taking [ღება] the light [ნათელი]; the active counterpart is ნათლის-ცემაჲ, giving the light > to baptize)
  • ნაშობი born, child
  • იქედნეჲ snake (< ἔχιδνα)
  • გ-ი-ჩუენ-ა aor 3sg O2 ჩუენება to show
  • სივლტოლაჲ running, flight (v.n.)
  • მერმეჲ following, next, future
  • რისხვაჲ wrath, anger

3:7 Athonite

და ვითარცა იხილნა მრავალნი ფარისეველნი და სადუკეველნი, მომავალნი ნათლის-ღებად მისგან, ჰრქუა მათ: ნაშობნო იქედნეთანო, ვინ გიჩუენა თქუენ სივლტოლაჲ მერმისა მისგან რისხვისა?

Mt 12:34

γεννήματα ἐχιδνῶν, πῶς δύνασθε ἀγαθὰ λαλεῖν πονηροὶ ὄντες; ἐκ γὰρ τοῦ περισσεύματος τῆς καρδίας τὸ στόμα λαλεῖ.

Ծնունդք իժից· զիա՞րդ կարիցէք բարիս խաւսել որ չարքդ էք· քանզի ի յաւելուածո́յ սրտի խաւսի բերան։.։.

  • զիա՞րդ how?
  • կարիցէք pres subj 2pl կարեմ, կարացի to be able
  • չար, -աց bad, wicked
  • խաւսի pres 3sg խաւսիմ, -եցայ to speak
  • յաւելուած, -ոց surplus, increase

12:34 (A-89/A-844)

ႬႠႸႭႡႬႭ ႨႵႤႣႬႤႧႠႬႭ ႥႤႰ ჄႤႪ ႢႤႼႨႴႤႡႨႱ ႩႤႧႨႪႨႱႠ ႱႨႲႷႭჃႠႣ Ⴐ~ ႧႵ~Ⴌ ႭჃႩႤႧႭჃႰႬႨ ႾႠႰႧ Ⴐ~ ႬႠႫႤႲႠႥႨႱႠႢႠႬ ႢႭჃႪႨႱႠ ႮႨႰႨ ႾႨႲႷჃႱ

ნაშობნო იქედნეთანო ვერ ჴელ-გეწიფების [კე]თილისა სიტყოჳად რ(ამეთოჳ) თქ(ოჳე)ნ ოჳკეთოჳრნი ხართ რ(ამეთოჳ) ნამეტავისაგან გოჳლისა პირი ხიტყჳს

  • ჴელ-გ-ე-წიფებ-ი-ს pres 3sg O2 (indir. vb) ჴელ-წიფება to be able
  • უკეთური bad, evil
  • ხ-არ-თ pres 2pl ყოფა to be
  • ნამეტავი excessive, extra
  • პირი mouth
  • ხ-ი-ტყუ-ი-ს pres 3sg სიტყუა to speak

12:34 Adishi

ნაშობნო იქედნეთანო, ვითარ უძლოთ კეთილისა სიტყუად? რამეთუ თქუენ უკეთურნი ხართ, რამეთუ ნამეტავისაგან გულისა პირი იტყჳს.

  • უ-ძლ-ო-თ aor 2pl ძლება to be able
  • იტყჳს as above, only w/o ხ-

12:34 Athonite

ნაშობნო იქედნეთანო, ვითარ ჴელ-გეწიფების კეთილისა სიტყუად, რამეთუ თქუენ უკეთურნი ხართ? რამეთუ ნამეტავისაგან გულისა პირი იტყჳნ.

  • as Adishi, except with the verb ჴელ-გეწიფების as in A-89/A-844

Mt 23:33

ὄφεις, γεννήματα ἐχιδνῶν, πῶς φύγητε ἀπὸ τῆς κρίσεως τῆς γεέννης;

Աւձք, ծնունդք իժից զիա՞րդ փախնուցուք ի դատաստանէ գեհենին։.

  • աւձ, -ից snake, serpent
  • փախնուցուք pres subj 2pl փախնում, -խեայ to flee
  • դատաստան, -աց judgement

23:33 (A-89/A-844)

ႫႠႧႠ ႧႵ~ႬႧႠჂ ႢႭჃႤႪႬႭ ႣႠ ႬႠႸႭႡႬႭ ႨႵႤႣႬႤႧႠႬႭ Ⴅ~ႰႫႤ ႢႠႬႾႤႰႬႤႧ ႱႠႸႿႤႪႱႠ ႢႤჀႤႬႨႠჂႱႠႱႠ

თქ(ოჳე)ნთაჲ გოჳელნო და ნაშობნო იქედნეთანო ვ(ითა)რმე განხერნეთ საშჯელსა გეჰენიაჲსასა

  • [თქ(ოჳე)ნთაჲ is a plus, as is the და between გოჳელნო and ნაშობნო]
  • გუელი snake
  • გან-ხ-ე-რ-ნ-ე-თ aor conj 2pl (form also aor) განრომა to survive, be saved
  • საშჯელი judgement

23:33 Adishi

გუელნო, ნაშობნო იქედნეთანო, ვითარმე განერნეთ სასჯელსა გეჰენიაჲსასა?

  • განერნეთ as above, only w/o ხ-

23:33 Athonite
გუელნო და ნაშობნო იქედნეთანო, ვითარმე განერნეთ საშჯელსა მას გეჰენიისასა?

  • [და is a plus, as in A-89/A-844]

Old Georgian phrases and sentences 52 (fruit trees in the desert)   Leave a comment

I stumbled upon these lines in Sarjveladze & Fähnrich, p. 525. The citation is from an 11th-cent. manuscript, H-341 (46). (Incidentally, it is a boon to the dictionary that the authors scoured not only editions, but manuscripts, too, thus including unedited textual pieces and even, it seems, some marginal notes and colophons.)

დამიკჳრდა უდაბნოსა მას ესევითარი ხეოანი, რამეთუ იყო ფინიკი, ბროწეული, თრუნჯი, ატამი

Ich staunte über so einen solchen Baumbestand in der Wüste, denn es gab Dattel, Granatapfel, Orange, Pfirsich.

  • და-მ-ი-კჳრ-დ-ა aor 3sg O1 (here indir. vb) დაკჳვება to be amazed, astounded
  • უდაბნოოჲ wilderness
  • ხეო(ვ)ანი having trees (ხეჲ)
  • ფინიკი date
  • ბროწეული pomegranate
  • თრუნჯი orange or some other citrus fruit
  • ატამი peach

I was amazed at such a tree-area in the wilderness, because there were [trees of] date, pomegranate, citrus, and peach.

Plant-names are notorious for spreading across languages, and we have some such words here, words it would be easy to follow down many interconnected paths. To take two of the Georgian words above, for ფინიკი we have Greek φοίνιξ (φοινικ-), for თრუნჯი we have Persian turunǧ, Aramaic etrog (Mandaic trunga, Syriac ṭruggā), Arabic utruǧ/nǧ. (For Aramaic terms, see I. Löw, Aramaeische Pflanzennamen.) Wholly unrelated, however, to the Georgian word ატამი above is a widespread term for peach: MP šiftālūg/NP šaftālū(ǧ/d)/Tajik шафтолу/Turk şeftali/Tatar шәфталу; NP has another related word šaftarang for a kind of red peach, and another word hulū. We could, of course, go on, both more deeply and broadly, but for now let’s stop at this marvelous oasis that appeared in the wilderness to the Georgian speaker above.

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