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Headword: *)/atlas
Adler number: alpha,4368
Translated headword: Atlas
Vetting Status: high
He of whom myth tells that he holds up earth and heaven.[1]
"And iron shoulders of Atlas."[2]
And a proverb [sc. is attested]: "Atlas the heaven." It omits "you lifted up." In reference to those undertaking great matters and encountering misfortunes.[3]
Greek Original:
*)/atlas: o( muqeuo/menos th\n gh=n kai\ to\n ou)rano\n basta/zein. kai\ sidhre/ous *)/atlantos w)/mous. kai\ paroimi/a: *)/atlas to\n ou)rano/n. lei/pei u(pede/cw. e)pi\ tw=n mega/lois pra/gmasin u(poballome/nwn kai\ kakoi=s peripipto/ntwn.
Likewise in ps.-Zonaras.
[1] One of the Titans. Among the historians, Mount Atlas is a mountain in northwest Africa, cf. Herodotus (4.184) and Strabo (17.3.2), evidently a coastal promontory opposite Gibraltar, to the north of today's Atlas Mountain Range (Barrington Atlas map 1a grid C2). For both, see OCD(4) p.200. LSJ entry at web address 1.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.256.1-2 (Zonas or Antipater); cf. alpha 4390 and sigma 376. On this epigram, a tribute to a champion boxer, see Gow and Page vol. I (80-81), vol. II (106-107), and another extract at tau 316. On the epigram's attribution, see alpha 4390 note.
[3] cf. Diogenianus 2.67 and similarly in other paroemiographers.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge, 1968)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip and Some Contemporary Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge, 1968)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: athletics; daily life; geography; imagery; mythology; poetry; proverbs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 November 2001@00:32:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 4 November 2001@05:29:28.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; another note) on 6 August 2008@09:06:58.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 28 April 2012@08:35:29.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 28 April 2012@10:23:40.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 31 July 2014@04:37:54.
David Whitehead (another note) on 10 September 2015@07:11:54.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography, added keyword) on 31 May 2022@18:08:26.
Ronald Allen (further expanded n.2) on 9 June 2022@13:34:27.
Ronald Allen (added map reference) on 12 June 2022@12:50:01.
Ronald Allen (augmented n.1) on 13 June 2022@12:32:58.


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