Τhe goddess Πορδή

Τhe goddess Πορδή

Postby cwconrad » November 14th, 2011, 2:14 pm

The goddess in question, whose name Englishes as what you would expect of an exact etymological equivalent of the Greek root περδ/πορδ/παρδ, either saves or wounds -- depending on whether we read [σ]ωθῇς or [τρ]ωθῇς in a papyrus text of a mime of Herondas. This is in today's blog of the Old Curmudgeon (Laudator Tempris Acti):
http://laudatortemporisacti.blogspot.co ... ddess.html
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
… ἐπειδὴ καὶ τὸν οἶνον ἠξίους
πίνειν, συνεκποτέ’ ἐστί σοι καὶ τὴν τρύγα Aristophanes, Plutus 1085
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Re: Τhe goddess Πορδή

Postby Mark Lightman » November 14th, 2011, 9:41 pm

Hi, Carl,

Luther talks about driving away the Devil with Der Furz, so I wonder if there is a connection. It's rather Grimm to think about these things.
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Re: Τhe goddess Πορδή

Postby Louis L Sorenson » November 15th, 2011, 10:12 pm

mmm.... reminds me of Aristophanes The Clouds where the father Strepsiades is complaining about his good-for-nothing, gambling, horse-racing son....

ἀλλ᾽ οὐδ᾽ ὁ χρηστὸς οὑτοσὶ νεανίας
ἐγείρεται τῆς νυκτός, ἀλλὰ πέρδεται
ἐν πέντε σισύραις ἐγκεκορδυλημένος.


It's interesting that this word has kept its forms throughout the Indo-European language group. PrD - FrT
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