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Headword: *mai/andros
Adler number: mu,314
Translated headword: Maiandros, Maeander
Vetting Status: high
A river of Lydia.[1]
In the Epigrams: "he killed [a hind] by the thrice-coiled water of Maiandros".[2]
Also [sc. attested are the phrase] 'Maiandrian water' and '[Maiandrian] plain'.[3]
Greek Original:
*mai/andros: potamo\s *ludi/as. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: e)/ktane *maia/ndrou pa\r trie/likton u(/dwr. kai\ *maia/ndrion u(/dwr kai\ pedi/on.
[1] cf. under alpha 1288; see OCD(4) s.v. Maeander; and for its lower course -- so winding as to give rise to the English verb meander -- Barrington Atlas map 61 grids E2-G2.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.110.2 (attributed to Leonidas of Tarentum or Mnasalces), a dedication by a hunter who kills a deer; cf. Gow and Page (vol. I, 137), (vol. II, 393), and further extracts from this epigram at sigma 160 and phi 683. Gow and Page note (vol. I, 137) that both the Anthologia Palatina (AP) and the Anthologia Planudea (ms. A) attribute this epigram to both the Tarentine and to Mnasalces. Gow and Page dismiss the attribution to Mnasalces by the AP scribe designated C (the Corrector) as a simple marginal expediency in the course of redaction (vol. II, 393). They conclude (ibid.) that there appears to be no valid reason to deny that Leonidas had been the author, since the quatrain does not stylistically resemble any of Mnasalces's surviving epigrams.
[3] The latter phrase is more commonly found as 'plain of Maiandros' (in the Suda see under gamma 472, delta 1289, tau 1084).
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)
Keywords: definition; geography; imagery; poetry; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 December 2005@09:05:55.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 13 December 2005@11:55:09.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 14 December 2005@02:59:14.
David Whitehead on 12 May 2013@06:27:25.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2014@07:30:19.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 21 July 2020@01:10:21.
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Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added cross-references, added keyword) on 25 May 2021@20:27:35.


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