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Headword: *ski/ron
Adler number: sigma,623
Translated headword: Skiron
Vetting Status: high
[The] Skira (sic) [is] a festival amongst Athenians, which gives rise to the [name of] the month Skirophorion.[1] Those who have written about the months and festivals at Athens say that the skiron is a parasol, under which people are carried from [the] acropolis to a certain place called Skiron;[2] those who make the journey are the priestess of Athena and the priests of Poseidon and of Helios.[3] Those who convey it are Eteoboutadai. This becomes a token of the need to build and make shelters, this time being the best for building work; and Athenians honor Athena Skiras, whom Philochorus in [book] 2 of the Atthis [says] was named after Skiros, a certain Eleusinian seer -- though Praxion in [book] 2 of his Megarian History [says that she was named] after Skiron.[4]
Greek Original:
*ski/ron: *ski/ra, e(orth\ par' *)aqhnai/ois, a)f' h(=s kai\ o( mh\n *skiroforiw/n. fasi\ de\ oi( gra/yantes peri/ te mhnw=n kai\ e(ortw=n tw=n *)aqh/nhsin, w(s to\ ski/ron skia/dio/n e)sti, meq' ou(= fero/menoi e)c a)kropo/lews ei)/s tina to/pon, kalou/menon *ski/ron, poreu/ontai h(/ te th=s *)aqhna=s i(e/reia kai\ o( tou= *poseidw=nos i(ereu\s kai\ o( tou= *(hli/ou. komi/zousi de\ tou=to *)eteobouta/dai. su/mbolon de\ tou=to gi/netai tou= dei=n oi)kodomei=n kai\ ske/pas de\ poiei=n, w(s tou/tou tou= xro/nou a)ri/stou o)/ntos pro\s oi)kodomi/an: kai\ *)aqhna=n de\ *skira/da timw=sin *)aqhnai=oi, h(\n *filo/xoros me\n e)n b# *)atqi/dos a)po\ *ski/rou tino\s *)eleusini/ou ma/ntews keklh=sqai, *praci/wn de\ e)n b# *megarikw=n a)po\ *ski/rwnos.
Abridged from Harpokration (and Photius) s.v., commenting on Lycurgus fr. 19 Conomis.
See generally OCD4 p.1330.
[1] For Skirophorion see sigma 626.
[2] cf. sigma 620.
[3] Adler notes with approval Cobet's proposed emendation of 'of Helios' to 'of Apollo'; it has not been accepted, however, in modern treatments of the festival.
[4] Philochorus FGrH 328 F14; Praxion FGrH 484 F1.
H.W. Parke, Festivals of the Athenians (London 1977) 156-8
Keywords: aetiology; biography; definition; geography; historiography; mythology; religion; rhetoric; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 December 2000@08:08:00.
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