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    she showed herself the goddess manifest.

    Still he had lain upon her knees and slept in her arms and therefore he should have honor throughout his life.Then she showed herself the goddess manifest. Beauty breathed about her and a lovely fragrance; light shone from her so that the great house was filled with brightness. She was Demeter, she told the awestruck women. They must build her a great temple near the town and so win back the favor of her heart.
    Source: Mythology The Two Great Gods of Earth - Part II 2nd paragraph

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    Does the blue part mean: "She showed herself to the goddess clearly"?

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    Re: she showed herself the goddess manifest.

    No, she showed that she was, herself, the goddess.

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    Re: she showed herself the goddess manifest.

    Thanks for answering. Is "manifest" an adjective in the text? Does it mean "clearly" in the above text?
    Is "manifest" an adjective? If yes then why it's not in adverb form? I mean "manifestly"

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    Re: she showed herself the goddess manifest.

    Yes, it's an adjective and yes, it means "clearly, obviously."

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    Re: she showed herself the goddess manifest.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thanks for answering. Is "manifest" an adjective in the text? Does it mean "clearly" in the above text?
    Is "manifest" an adjective? If yes then why it's not in adverb form? I mean "manifestly"
    The word "manifest" is an adjective in that use, and it was used postpositively (after the noun it modifies). And I believe the position was chosen on purpose, to differentiate "goddess manifest" form "manifest goddess". For me, the word "manifest" in this use means that she had been invisible and then she suddenly allowed herself to be seen (in all her glory). One of the verbal uses of "manifest" involves the appearance of a spirit that had been invisible. In Greek and Roman mythology, gods and goddesses did this often. As you learned in another thread, if Zeus had appeared in all his glory, those who saw him would die. Demeter was evidently not that powerful.

    By the way, Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology were favorite subjects of mine since childhood. Edith Hamilton's book is one of my favorites.

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