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Headword: *le/preon
Adler number: lambda,288
Translated headword: Lepreon, Lepreum
Vetting Status: high
A city of Triphylia.[1] [It takes its name] from the steep mountain nearby. Some, though, [derive the name] from the fact that the men founding it caught the disease of leprosy.[2]
As a neuter [it is] Lepreon. But Aristophanes proffered [it] as a masculine: "Eleian" - meaning the one in Elis - "Lepreus". It took this name because of the fact that their skin[3] peels [lepein] - making them transparent; [or] from their mountain home; for there are rocks there mottled in color and translucent in appearance like that of lepers.[4]
Greek Original:
*le/preon: th=s *trifuli/as po/lis. a)po\ tou= parakeime/nou traxe/os o)/rous. oi( d' a)po\ tou= tou\s kti/zontas au)th\n no/sw| xrh/sasqai le/pra|. ou)dete/rws to\ *le/preon. *)aristofa/nhs de\ a)rsenikw=s e)ch/negke: to\n *)hlei=on *le/preon, a)nti\ tou= to\n th=s *)/hlidos. ou(/tw de\ e)klh/qh dia\ to\ th\n xw/ran au)tw=n le/pein: diafai/nontai ga\r e)k th=s o)reinh=s. pe/tras ga\r ei)=nai au)to/qi poiki/las tw=| xrw/mati kai\ dialeu/kous o(moi/as ta\s o)/yeis lepriw=sin.
[1] Part of southern Elis, in the Peloponnese (Greece).
[2] cf. lambda 287.
[3] Reading xro/an for the transmitted xw/ran.
[4] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 149, here quoted (web address 1). For the continuation of the passage see lambda 289.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; medicine
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 July 2001@07:44:29.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added link; cosmetics; set status) on 1 November 2003@21:37:23.
David Whitehead (modified notes; added a keyword) on 2 November 2003@05:36:02.
David Whitehead on 5 April 2013@05:38:48.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 5 April 2013@22:34:08.


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