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Headword: *bria/rew
Adler number: beta,537
Translated headword: of Briareos
Vetting Status: high
[no gloss]
Greek Original:
A truncated version (also in the Ambrosian Lexicon, according to Adler) of Hesychius s.v.: "Pillars of Briareos: the ones called Herakleian". Aelian, Varia Historia 5.3 expands: "Aristotle [fr. 678 Rose, in the Dubia section] says that the Pillars now called Herakleian, before they were called this, were called [Pillars] of Briareos; but after Herakles had purified land and sea and become indisputably the benefactor of mankind, in honour of him they put Briareos out of mind and named [the Pillars] Heraklean". Briareos, child of Ge and Ouranos, was a fifty-headed, hundred-handed monster.
For the Pillars (either stelai, as here, or kiones) of Herakles, at the western extremity of the Mediterranean, see under alpha 1143; cf. eta 464.
Keywords: aetiology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; mythology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 August 2001@04:44:18.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead on 2 September 2002@08:29:19.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 18 September 2002@00:16:54.
Catharine Roth (augmented note, typo) on 26 February 2011@01:37:54.
David Whitehead on 3 June 2012@09:07:09.
David Whitehead on 13 June 2015@10:58:05.


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