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Headword: *(eli/xrusos
Adler number: epsilon,874
Translated headword: gold-twist, helichrysum
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the blossom of the ivy.[1] "Like unto a gold-twist blossom."[2]
Greek Original:
*(eli/xrusos: to\ tou= kissou= a)/nqos. a)/nqei e(lixru/sw| e)nali/gkios.
[1] Rather, a separate plant -- generally identified with Helichrysum orientale or H. siculum -- with long-lasting yellow flowers that were often woven (like ivy) into crowns and garlands; cf. Pollux 6.106; Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 15.680E (15.27 Kaibel). The confusion might have arisen from the similarity of use and from passages such as Theocritus, Idylls 1.30 where the two plants are mentioned together. Hollis (185) suggests on the basis of the Theocritus passage that the headword can refer to the blossom of the ivy, but there is no reason to suppose that Theocritus is speaking of anything but two plants entwined. Hollis would attribute the information in this entry to Saloustios' commentary on Callimachus' Hekale (the apparent source of the subsequent quotation). A different interpretation of the headword is provided by Hesychius epsilon2122. For ivy see kappa 1686.
[2] Attributed to Callimachus' Hekale by Kapp (fr.42b), Pfeiffer (fr.274), Hollis (fr. 45); to Callimachus without further specification by Schneider (fr.23). Kapp (followed by Pfeiffer and Hollis) appends this quotation to the phrase ascribed expressly to the Hekale in alpha 3981.
A.S. Hollis (1990). Callimachus, Hekale: Edited with introduction and Commentary. Oxford.
Keywords: botany; daily life; definition; poetry; religion
Translated by: William Hutton on 7 February 2007@05:11:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another x-ref; cosmetics) on 7 February 2007@05:22:00.
William Hutton (corrected typo) on 7 February 2007@05:41:26.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 14 August 2012@06:20:52.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 15 January 2015@00:46:28.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 28 April 2015@01:37:38.
David Whitehead (coding) on 21 December 2015@03:17:14.


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