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Headword: Σελῆναι
Adler number: sigma,204
Translated headword: moons
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] pastries [that are] broad [and] circular.[1]
[It is on record] too that in Erechtheus Euripides called the moons pelanoi:[2] "and, as you are bringing from the house a great pelanos, tell me of these moons [made] of wheaten shoots".[3] Besides six moons, they used to bake a "seventh ox"[4] which had horns, in imitation of the early moon.
Greek Original:
Σελῆναι: πέμματα πλατέα κυκλοτερῆ. ὅτι καὶ ἐν Ἐρεχθεῖ τᾶς σελήνας πελάνους εἴρηκεν Εὐριπίδης: καί μοι πολὺν γὰρ πέλανον ἐκπέμπεις δόμων, φράσον σελήνας τάσδε πυρίμου χλόης. ἐπὶ δὲ ἓξ σελήναις βοῦν ἕβδομον ἔπεττον, κέρατα ἔχοντα, κατὰ μίμησιν τῆς πρωτοφυοῦς σελήνης.
cf. alpha 2082.
[1] cf. Pausanias the Atticist s.v.
[2] A pelanos was a sacrificial cake; cf. pi 927.
[3] Euripides fr. 350 -- where the transmitted adjective πυρίμου , which would be unique, is routinely emended to πυρίνου ; cf. Eur. fr. 373 and Xenophon Anabasis 4.5.31 (web address 1).
[4] cf. beta 458, epsilon 25.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: daily life; definition; food; imagery; religion; trade and manufacture; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Rocco Marseglia on 9 November 2012@10:49:40.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 9 November 2012@22:07:13.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 12 November 2012@06:19:27.
David Whitehead on 23 December 2013@03:22:00.


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