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Headword: Γηρυόνης
Adler number: gamma,254
Translated headword: Geryones, Geryon
Vetting Status: high
A proper name.
Aristophanes [writes]: "do you want to do battle with a four-winged Geryon?".[1] Meaning four-headed. A riddle referring to the helmet of Lamachos,[2] which has three crests; from the feathers on it. What he is saying is something like this: "do you want to battle against someone impossible to overcome in battle?" For Geryones, being three-headed, gave Herakles one hell of a struggle.[3]
Greek Original:
Γηρυόνης: ὄνομα κύριον. Ἀριστοφάνης: βούλει διαμάχεσθαι Γηρυόνῃ τετραπτίλῳ; ἀντὶ τοῦ τετρακεφάλῳ. αἰνίττεται δὲ τὴν τοῦ Λαμάχου περικεφαλαίαν τρεῖς λόφους ἔχουσαν: ἀπὸ τῶν περικειμένων αὐτῇ πτίλων. ὃ δὲ λέγει, τοιοῦτόν ἐστι: βούλει πρός τινα ἀκαταμάχητον μάχεσθαι; ὁ γὰρ Γηρυόνης τρικέφαλος ὢν πολὺν ἀγῶνα παρέσχε τῷ Ἡρακλεῖ.
See also gamma 253, gamma 255.
[1] Aristophanes, Acharnians 1082 (web address 1), followed by comment from the scholia there.
[2] See generally lambda 81, and for the helmet beta 432.
[3] (cf. tau 982.) The Tenth Labour of Herakles was to part the cattle of Geryones (or Geryon), king of Tartessos, from their fearsome owner.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; clothing; comedy; definition; military affairs; mythology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 November 2001@06:18:38.
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