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Headword: Κορύβαντες
Adler number: kappa,2114
Translated headword: Korybants
Vetting Status: high
Some take it that the Kouretes and the Korybantes are the same. They were Zeus' nurses and guards. Some say they [were] ten, others nine. They were the children of Rhea.[1]
And a Korybant [was] the same as the Kouretes, who were the nurses of Zeus and his teachers, and attendants of Rhea.[2]
Greek Original:
Κορύβαντες: ἔνιοι τοὺς Κούρητας καὶ τοὺς Κορύβαντας τοὺς αὐτοὺς ὑπειλήφασιν. ἦσαν δὲ Διὸς τροφεῖς οὗτοι καὶ φύλακες. τινὲς δὲ αὐτοὺς δέκα φασίν, ἄλλοι ἐννέα. ἦσαν δὲ τῆς Ῥέας παῖδες. καὶ Κορύβας ὁ αὐτὸς τοῖς Κούρησιν, οἳ ἦσαν τροφεῖς τοῦ Διὸς καὶ διδάσκαλοι καὶ τῆς Ῥέας ὀπαδοί.
See also kappa 2115, kappa 2116.
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Lysistrata 558; cf. those to Wasps 9.
[2] This passage (nearly identical to the preceding) comes from the scholia to Plato, Symposium 215E.
The Kouretes and Korybantes are routinely conflated as ecstatic male confraternities (web address 1), as discussed in Strabo 10.3.19-22.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; mythology; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 2 February 2009@08:17:56.
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