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Headword: Ἄορνος
Adler number: alpha,2849
Translated headword: Aornos, Bird-less
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[The name of a] rock in India. Arrian [writes]: "for there is some large sort of rock in this territory".[1]
There is also a lake called by this name.[2]
"Alexander took it, the rock that Herakles had found no way up".[3]
Greek Original:
Ἄορνος: πέτρα ἐν τῇ Ἰνδικῇ. Ἀρριανός: μέγα γάρ τι χρῆμα πέτρας ἐν τῇ χώρᾳ ταύτῃ ἐστίν. ἔστι δὲ καὶ λίμνη οὕτω καλουμένη. ταύτην Ἀλέξανδρος εἷλεν, ἣ τῷ Ἡρακλεῖ ἄπορος ἐγένετο ἡ πέτρα.
Notes:
[1] Arrian, Anabasis 4.28.1.
[2] Mention of this lake interrupts the material about the Aornos rock. An Aornos lake is also noted in other lexica, and the allusion is doubtless to the lake (formed by a volcanic crater) at Puteoli on the Bay of Naples (see e.g. Strabo 5.4.5, with comment on its birdlessness), Virgil's Avernus.
[3] Arrian, Anabasis 4.30.4, paraphrased.
Reference:
A.B. Bosworth, A Commentary on Arrian's History of Alexander, 2 (Oxford 1995) 178-181.
Keywords: biography; definition; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; mythology; poetry
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 29 November 2000@01:17:07.
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David Whitehead (modified headword, translation, notes; added bibliography and keyword) on 29 November 2000@05:54:49.
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