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Headword: *delfoi/
Adler number: delta,210
Translated headword: Delphi, Delphoi
Vetting Status: high
The sanctuary of Apollo. It was thus named because the serpent Delphyne was found there, the one which Apollo killed.[1] But [sc. it was also called] Pytho, because it rotted there.[2]
Also [sc. attested is] Delphis, [meaning] the Delphian [woman], the [priestess] of Apollo.
"For the Delphian voice prophesied thus, that I might become the monument and story of his bride."[3]
Greek Original:
*delfoi/: to\ i(ero\n tou= *)apo/llwnos. ou(/tw de\ e)klh/qh dia\ to\ to\n *delfu/nhn dra/konta e)kei= eu(reqh=nai, o(\n a)pe/kteinen o( *)apo/llwn. *puqw\ de/, dia\ to\ e)kei= saph=nai. kai\ *delfi/s, h( *delfikh/, h( tou= *)apo/llwnos. *delfi\s ga\r fa/ma to/d' e)qe/spisen, o)/fra genoi/man ta=s kei/nou nu/mfas sh=ma kai\ i(stori/h.
cf. pi 3137, pi 3138.
[1] See e.g. Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 2.705-6.
[2] The verb pu/qesqai (pi 3138) means "to decay". For this material cf. the scholia to Homer, Iliad 9.405, where the phrase 'in rocky Pytho' occurs.
[3] Greek Anthology 7.154.5-6.
Keywords: aetiology; epic; geography; mythology; poetry; religion; women; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 May 2002@18:58:23.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; added keyword) on 9 May 2002@03:37:47.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 2 December 2011@05:14:57.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, cross-reference) on 2 December 2011@19:15:09.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 18 June 2012@12:30:33.


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