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Headword: *de/ras
Adler number: delta,250
Translated headword: skin
Vetting Status: high
The golden-fleeced skin, which Jason took after coming through the Black Sea with the Argonauts into Colchis, and [sc. taking also] Medea the daughter of the king Aietes. This was not as is reported in poetry, but it was a book written on skins, concerning how it is necessary that gold comes about through alchemy.[1] Therefore, the men of that time naturally called the skin "golden", because of the function which arose from it.
Greek Original:
*de/ras: to\ xruso/mallon de/ras, o(/per o( *)ia/swn dia\ th=s *pontikh=s qala/sshs su\n toi=s *)argonau/tais ei)s th\n *kolxi/da parageno/menoi e)/labon, kai\ th\n *mh/deian th\n *ai)h/tou tou= basile/ws qugate/ra. tou=to de\ h)=n ou)x w(s poihtikw=s fe/retai, a)lla\ bibli/on h)=n e)n de/rmasi gegramme/non, perie/xon o(/pws dei= gi/nesqai dia\ xhmei/as xruso/n. ei)ko/tws ou)=n oi( to/te xrusou=n w)no/mazon au)to\ de/ras, dia\ th\n e)ne/rgeian th\n e)c au)tou=.
Incompetently adapted from John of Antioch fr.15.3 FHG (5.548), now 26.3 Roberto; the original has 'Jason and his associates' (justifying the plural participle parageno/menoi which is retained here) and has them taking Medea and the fleece. See also mu 878.
[1] For alchemy cf. chi 280 (and under delta 1156).
Keywords: aetiology; biography; definition; geography; historiography; imagery; mythology; poetry; science and technology; trade and manufacture; women; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 28 July 2002@20:42:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 9 September 2002@06:46:21.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note; more keywords; cosmetic) on 23 March 2008@11:22:37.
David Whitehead (more x-refs) on 7 July 2009@07:57:58.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 19 June 2012@04:05:27.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 29 January 2015@07:55:23.


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