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Headword: *klei=tos
Adler number: kappa,1768
Translated headword: Kleitos, Clitus
Vetting Status: high
The [son] of Xenophantes. This man used to be teased for his hairstyle -- though some [say that] Hieronymos [is the man in question]; he [too] was the son of [someone called] Xenophantes, and was excessively attracted to boys. He also had a hairy body; just as the Centaurs [had] their [hairy] horse part.[1]
But [the adjective] kleitos [means] famous.[2]
Greek Original:
*klei=tos: o( *cenofa/ntou. ou(=tos e)pi\ ko/mh| e)skw/pteto. oi( de\ *(ierw/numo/n fasi, to\n diqurambopoio/n: o(\s *cenofa/ntou me\n h)=n ui(o/s, peri\ pai=das de\ a)/gan e)pto/hto. la/sion de\ ei)=xe to\ sw=ma: w(/sper oi( *ke/ntauroi to\ tw=n i(/ppwn me/ros. *kleito\s de\ o( e)/ndocos.
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Clouds 348, where this "son of Xenophantes" is mentioned. For the hairiness of a Hieronymos, presumably this same one, see also alpha 676, from Acharnians 388ff. Hieronymos son of Xenophantes (RE 9A.1564 'Xenophantes 2') wrote dithyrambs, tragedies and comedies (RE 8.1564 'Hieronymos 14'). The only likely explanation of the name given him as the headword here is that the adjective was applied to him in one of Suda's sources.
[2] cf. kappa 1765.
Keywords: biography; children; clothing; comedy; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; medicine; mythology; poetry; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 30 August 2001@10:47:26.
Vetted by:
Robert Dyer (Upgraded status, brought entry into line with name used in RE for the father, cross reference to entry on same man, added keywords.) on 25 February 2002@10:01:40.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 2 March 2013@07:47:24.
David Whitehead on 1 May 2016@09:03:30.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 6 September 2019@01:17:54.


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