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Headword: *kissu/bion
Adler number: kappa,1682
Translated headword: ivy-cup
Vetting Status: high
Properly a drinking-cup [made] out of ivy-tree wood.[1]
In the Epigrams: "but to Bromios, a branch of far-wandering ivy".[2]
Greek Original:
*kissu/bion: e)k kissoui/nou cu/lou poth/rion kuri/ws. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: kissou= de\ *bromi/w| klw=na poluplane/os.
[1] The headword is Homeric (Odyssey 9.346, 14.78, 16.52), already defined with this gloss (without "properly") in Apollonius' Homeric Lexicon. Pollux 6.97 instead suggests it was so called for being adorned with ivy. Both explanations are given in Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 11.476F-477E (11.53 Kaibel); the former attributed to Eumolpus, the later to Nicander.
"Ivy-wood" is given in Apollonius as the correct kissi/nou (not the Suda's kissoui/nou), and Hesychius kappa2794 cites the gloss likewise, but the term gave later authorities trouble: Photius (who adds "properly") gives it as kisubi/nou, and the Lexica Segueriana as kissuki/nou.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.154.4 (Leonidas of Tarentum or perhaps Gaetulicus); the epigram dedicates gifts to Pan (a goat), Bromios = Bacchus (ivy branches), and the nymphs (flowers and rose-petals). This does not relate to the cup itself, but only its derivation from "ivy". See Gow and Page (vol. I, 137-138), Gow and Page (vol. II, 393-394), and this epigram's further extracts at epsilon 3378 and sigma 1391. On the possible attribution of the epigram to Gaetulicus, cf. epsilon 3378 note.
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)
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Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 24 November 2008@19:07:08.
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