Ancient GreekEdit


From ὅς (hós, who) +‎ -θεν (-then, from).




ὅθεν (hóthen)

  1. (relative) whence, from where, from which
    • 800 BCE – 600 BCE, Homer, Iliad 3.852:
      Παφλαγόνων δ’ ἡγεῖτο Πυλαιμένεος λάσιον κῆρ ἐξ Ἐνετῶν, ὅθεν ἡμιόνων γένος ἀγροτεράων
      Paphlagónōn d’ hēgeîto Pulaiméneos lásion kêr ex Enetôn, hóthen hēmiónōn génos agroteráōn
      And the Paphlagonians did Pylaemenes of the shaggy heart lead from the land of the Eneti, whence is the race of wild she-mules.
  2. (relative) wherefore, for which reason
    • 408 BCE, Euripides, The Phoenician Women 27:
      [...] σφυρῶν σιδηρᾶ κέντρα διαπείρας μέσον: ὅθεν νιν Ἑλλὰς ὠνόμαζεν Οἰδίπουν
      [...] sphurôn sidērâ kéntra diapeíras méson: hóthen nin Hellàs ōnómazen Oidípoun
      [...] after piercing his ankles with iron spikes, for which reason Hellas named him Oedipus.

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