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Headword: *)eleusi/nia
Adler number: epsilon,811
Translated headword: Eleusinia
Vetting Status: high
To the winners [at] the Eleusinia [festival] a prize used to be given. The city[1] was named after Eleusinos,[2] the son of Hermes. But others give another reason and say that the Eleusinia was only a festival.[3]
Greek Original:
*)eleusi/nia: toi=s nikw=si ta\ *)eleusi/nia e)di/doto a)=qlon. w)noma/sqh de\ h( po/lis a)po\ *)eleusi/nou tou= *(ermou=. a)/lloi de\ a)/llhn ai)ti/an fasi\ kai\ e(orth\n ei)=nai mo/non ta\ *)eleusi/nia.
[1] Eleusis: merely a deme after 508 BCE, but a "city" independent of Athens in early times; renowned as the location of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
[2] Eleusis, rather (as in Pausanias and elsewhere).
[3] The Suda's source here, Harpokration s.v. (commenting on Hyperides fr. 112 Jensen), does not name these others or give their reasons (sic: plural in Harpok., but still an obscure comment).
Keywords: aetiology; definition; geography; history; mythology; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 1 November 2000@10:26:45.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented note, added keywords) on 18 September 2002@00:44:43.
David Whitehead (added note and keyword) on 18 September 2002@03:27:13.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 July 2011@10:42:07.
David Whitehead on 17 December 2015@03:22:07.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 9 January 2017@01:10:05.


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