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Headword: *ka/dmos
Adler number: kappa,22
Translated headword: Kadmos, Cadmus
Vetting Status: high
Son of Pandion, from Miletus, historian, who first (according to some) wrote a book in prose. [He was] a little younger than Orpheus.[1] He composed the Founding of Miletus and of all Ionia in 4 books.
They say Cadmus was the first to bring to Greece the alphabet, which the Phoenicians first invented.[2]
Greek Original:
*ka/dmos, *pandi/onos, *milh/sios, i(storiko/s, o(\s prw=tos kata/ tinas suggrafh\n e)/graye kataloga/dhn, mikrw=| new/teros *)orfe/ws. sune/tace de\ kti/sin *milh/tou kai\ th=s o(/lhs *)iwni/as e)n bibli/ois d#. o(/ti to\n *ka/dmon fasi\ prw=ton e)s th\n *(ella/da komi/sai ta\ gra/mmata, a(/per prw=toi *foi/nikes e)feu=ron.
6/5 BC; FGrH 489; cf. kappa 21.
[1] It is unclear which figure of this name is meant. See omicron 654 - omicron 660.
[2] George the Monk, Chronicon 75.16-18; cf. gamma 416. Also, Herodotus 5.58 (web address 1) credits Cadmus for having brought the alphabet to the Greeks.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; Christianity; chronology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; mythology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 12 February 2002@12:05:33.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 13 February 2002@03:05:50.
David Whitehead on 18 January 2013@04:47:14.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 20 January 2013@01:41:00.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 29 April 2016@03:01:42.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 6 March 2019@02:04:21.
Ronald Allen (augmented n.2, added link) on 23 July 2022@18:47:15.


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