Alexander the Great's "Argolai" and "Lenii Levi": On the Difficulties of Translation of The Life of the Prophet Jeremiah into Russian
«Арголаи» и «лѣнии лѣви» Александра Македонского: о трудностях перевода на русский язык славянского жития пророка Иеремии

Vladimir M. Kirillin
2020 Studia Litterarum  
This article, bearing on facts and data from ancient mythology, a novel about Alexander the Great and other Greek-Latin sources, as well as taking into account Greek and Slavic etymology, folk, and ritual customs, reveals the possible serpentine meaning of the words "Argolai" and "lenii levi." The words are found in the Slavic translation of the Greek text The Life of the Prophet Jeremiah that was included in the 1499 copy of the Bible 1499 as a preface to the eponomous Old Testament book, but
more » ... estament book, but also, as it turned out, existed in collections Explanatory Prophets and Prologue. However, clarification of the cultural and historical context allowed me to suggest that these enigmatic words were related to the symbolic essence of material details of the cult objects. The article also demonstrates how these words reflect linguistic and lexical peculiarities of the activities of St. Gennady followers and the scribes at the end of the 15th century in general.
doi:10.22455/2500-4247-2020-5-3-200-235 fatcat:zctque3nf5dctjewa7tfjuazcq