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Subject: Re: Europa
Author: Cass   (Authenticated as Cass)
Date: June 14, 2005 at 3:31:57 PM
Reply to: Re: Europa by Caprice
The word ôps can refer also to the eye specifically, not just the face (and indeed that is its original meaning: by a sort of synecdoche the eyes can stand for the whole face. Part for the whole and all that.)

So wide-eyed would probably be a better translation. Widely-spaced, large eyes = good female attribute in the ancient world, which is one reason for the Homeric epithet boôpis (cow-eyed) for the goddess Hera! Cows have nice, wide eyes, that's for sure...

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