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Headword: *bistoni/a
Adler number: beta,308
Translated headword: Bistonian
Vetting Status: high
Epithet of the crane.[1]
"Holding back the thievish high-flying Bistonian crane from the crop."[2]
Greek Original:
*bistoni/a: e)pi/qeton th=s gera/nou. a(rpa/kteiran e)ru/kwn spe/rmatos u(yipeth= *bistoni/an ge/ranon.
[1] Again at gamma 181. The headword term comes from Lake Bistonis (Barrington Atlas map 51 grid E2), near Abdera (Barrington Atlas map 51 grid D3) on the N. Aegean coast. The LSJ s.v. ge/ranos (web address 1) identifies the crane here as Grus cinerea or Grus grus, the Common Crane.
[2] Greek Anthology 7.172.1-2 (Antipater of Sidon); on one Alcimenes, snake-bitten while trying to drive birds away from his crops; more fully at psi 75; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 18-19); (vol. II, 51-52); and more extracts from this epigram at alpha 3313, epsilon 1287, kappa 2231, omicron 971, rho 174, and chi 207.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: agriculture; botany; definition; food; geography; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 27 September 2001@08:48:44.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; added keyword; cosmetics) on 28 September 2001@04:13:42.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 28 May 2012@10:21:27.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 19 June 2012@01:05:27.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.1, added map note; expanded n.2, added bibliography, added cross-references) on 22 June 2021@19:30:28.


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