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Headword: *)asi/a
Adler number: alpha,4147
Translated headword: Asia
Vetting Status: high
[The name of] a land, that of the east.[1]
Also [sc. attested is] "notes (twangs?) of an Asias," [meaning] of the kithara. Thus Aristophanes [uses the phrase].[2]
Or "notes of an Asiatis."
Also [sc. attested is the phrase] "Asietis land," [meaning that] of Asia.[3]
Greek Original:
*)asi/a: xw/ra, h( th=s a)natolh=s. kai\ *)asia/dos krou/mata, th=s kiqa/ras. ou(/tws *)aristofa/nhs. h)\ *)asia/tidos krou/mata. kai\ *)asih=tis gh=, th=s *)asi/as.
[1] The name was applied in antiquity to restricted parts of Anatolia (modern Turkey), first to the Hermus and Cayster valleys, then to the kingdoms of Lydia and Persia (the latter first in Aeschylus, Persians 929?), then to the Roman province in western Anatolia, but, quite early also, to the easternmost of the three continents known to early geographers (with Europe and Libya). See Bibliography below.
[2] Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazousae 120, in a chorus dealing with rhythm (web address 1). The Asias was an Asian, perhaps Lydian or Persian, stringed instrument.
[3] cf. Aeschylus, Persians 61.
Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos, fasc. 8.1396-7
Dyer, R.R. "Asia/*Aswia and Archilochus fr. 23" Parola del Passato 101 (1965) 115-32
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Keywords: comedy; geography; meter and music; tragedy
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 13 January 2002@18:08:50.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, rearranged note) on 26 August 2002@01:21:43.
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 26 August 2002@04:47:56.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added italics) on 14 October 2005@17:50:00.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 24 April 2012@06:43:43.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 15 December 2014@16:08:34.
David Whitehead (my typo; minor cosmetics) on 1 September 2015@08:16:30.


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