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Headword: *babou=s
Adler number: beta,8
Translated headword: Babo's, Baubo's
Vetting Status: high
A proper name.
Greek Original:
*babou=s: o)/noma ku/rion.
Here in the genitive case; = Photius, Lexicon beta9. Perhaps drawn from a lost reference to an Orphic divinity Babo mentioned dismissively by Michael Psellos (2.163). Then again, the ultimate source may be Harpokration, who, however, spells the name *baubou=s (also in the genitive: s.v.). This suggests that the Ba(u)bo in question is a legendary Eleusinian figure mentioned by Dinarchus in a fragmentary speech (fr. XXXV.2 Conomis; cf. Harpokration s.v. dusau/lhs, whence also delta 1598), who is perhaps identical with the Baubo mentioned in Eleusinian contexts by Clement of Alexandria, etc. (e.g. Protrepticus 2.20; cf. Mylonas 1962: 221-224). A Baubo, who may or may not be the same as Dinarchus's Baubo, Clement's Baubo and/or Psellos' Babo, shows up in magical papyri; e.g. PMG IV.2714-83, where, however, Baubo is identified as a Persian deity (cf. Faraone 1997).
Faraone, C. 1997. "Hymn to Selene-Hecate-Artemis from a Greek Magical Handbook." In M. Kiley (ed.), Prayer from Alexander to Constantine. London: 195-199
Mylonas, G. 1962. Eleusis and the Eleusinian Mysteries. Princeton
Keywords: Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; geography; law; mythology; religion; rhetoric; women
Translated by: Anne Mahoney on 6 September 1998@18:47:18.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note) on 19 September 2000@09:07:02.
William Hutton (Raised Status) on 19 September 2000@10:24:25.
David Whitehead (modified headword; augmented notes and keywords) on 13 April 2004@05:36:42.
William Hutton (modified and augmented notes, added keywords and bibliography, cosmetics) on 14 February 2008@07:32:20.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 1 July 2011@08:00:24.
David Whitehead (tweak) on 12 September 2015@09:10:56.


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