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Headword: Τελχῖνες
Adler number: tau,293
Translated headword: Telchines
Vetting Status: high
[The name of] wicked spirits. Or spiteful and malign humans.[1]
There were two Telchines, Simon and Nikon. But Nikon was the stronger and obliterated mention of Simon.[2] And [there is] a proverb: 'I know Simon and Simon [knows] me'. In reference to people recognising evil in each other.[3]
Also [sc. attested is the adjective] Τελχίνειος .[4]
Greek Original:
Τελχῖνες: πονηροὶ δαίμονες. ἢ ἄνθρωποι φθονεροὶ καὶ βάσκανοι. δύο ἐγένοντο Τελχῖνες, Σίμων καὶ Νίκων. ὑπερίσχυσε δὲ ὁ Νίκων τὴν ἐπὶ Σίμωνι φήμην ἀπαλεῖψαι. καὶ παροιμία: οἶδα Σίμωνα καὶ Σίμων ἐμέ. ἐπὶ τῶν ἀλλήλους ἐπὶ κακίᾳ γινωσκόντων. καὶ Τελχίνειος.
See also tau 294 (and under theta 103); generally A.H. Griffiths in OCD(4) s.v.
[1] Similarly in the Synagoge, Photius' Lexicon (tau142 Theodoridis), and elsewhere; only the Suda has 'humans'.
[2] An odd claim, here immediately falsified.
[3] cf. omicroniota 26.
[4] Only in lexicography.
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; mythology; proverbs; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 24 March 2010@05:41:56.
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