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Headword: Alkaios
Adler number: alpha,1272
Translated headword: Alkaios, Alcaeus
Vetting Status: high
[Son] of Omphale[1] and Herakles. He became great and strong and noble in war.
Greek Original:
Alkaios: Omphalês kai Hêrakleous. egeneto megas kai ischuros kai ta polemia gennaios.
For other individuals of this name see alpha 1273 and alpha 1274. Quite a common name in mythology: see also Apollodorus, Library 2.4.5. (A. the son of Perseus and Andromeda) and 2.5.9 (A. the son of Androgeos). However, the one in question here, as we see, is a figure in the royal genealogy of Lydia. The Suda's material is unparalleled elsewhere, but Paradiso [below] marshals linguistic and other evidence for regarding its ultimate source as Nicolaus of Damascus.
[1] Queen of Lydia; OCD(4) s.v. (pp.1038-9).
Annalisa Paradiso, 'A new fragment for Nicolaus of Damascus? A note on Suda alpha 1272', Histos 9 (2015) 67-75 (on-line: web address 1)
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Keywords: biography; ethics; geography; historiography; military affairs; mythology; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 11 May 2000@21:16:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes; cosmetics) on 31 January 2001@08:28:58.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 24 June 2002@04:24:05.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 30 June 2008@06:07:22.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; another keyword) on 7 February 2012@05:52:17.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@04:34:13.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note, with bibliography; another keyword) on 27 March 2015@10:39:45.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 27 March 2015@18:47:35.


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