Old Georgian phrases and sentences 60: Paul’s appearance   Leave a comment

Today’s installment of OGPS again comes from a sighting in Sarjvelaże-Fänrich, here 1466b, s.v. ცხჳრგრძელი “langnasig” (also at 1487b, s.v. წარბკიცული “mit zusammengewachsenen Augenbrauen”). The sentence — about Ananias’ seeing Paul (cf. Acts 9)? — is cited from N. Goguaże, ძველი მეტაფრასული კრებულები (სექტემბრის საკოთხავები), (Old Metaphrastic Collections), Tbilisi, 1986, 404.20. (I don’t have access to this text otherwise, so I have only read the sentence below out of context.)

იხილა რაჲ მომავალად პავლე, კაცი, ვითარ-იგი სიტყუამან გამოუსახა მას: მცირე ჰასაკითა, მტიერი თავითა, კირდრეკილ, ცხჳრგრძელ, წარბკიცულ

Er sah den Pawle herankommen, einen Mann, wie das Wort ihn ihm dargestellt hatte: klein von Wuchs, kahl auf dem Kopf, krummbeinig, langnasig, mit zusammengewachsenen Augenbrauen.

  • გამო-უ-სახ-ა aor 3sg გამოსახვა to express, describe, depict
  • ჰასაკი size, stature, body, age
  • მტიერი bald
  • კირდრეკილი bow-legged
  • ცხჳრგრძელი with a long nose (ცხჳრი nose)
  • წარბკიცული with close-knit eyebrows

He saw Paul as he was approaching: a man, as the word had depicted to him, small in statue, bald-headed, bow-legged, long-nosed, with close-knit eyebrows.

I’m sure there are others (I’ve not managed to easily locate the passage above in the Greek Metaphrastes), but for comparison, there is another description of Paul’s appearance from a Greek synaxarion, June 29 (ed. Delehaye, cols. 779-780).

UPDATE (16 Sept 2015): Goguaże’s ed. now available at TITUS here.

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