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Headword: *kunqia/des
Adler number: kappa,2713
Translated headword: Kynthos' children, Cynthus' children
Vetting Status: high
In the Epigrams: "Kynthos' children, fear not, for the bow of the Cretan Echemmas lies in Ortygia with Artemis."[1]
Also [sc. attested is] 'Kynthian': "holding the Kynthian high-horned crag." Aristophanes in Clouds [sc. says this].[2]
Greek Original:
*kunqia/des: e)n *)epigra/mmasi: *kunqia/des qarsei=te, ta\ ga\r tou= *krhto\s *)exe/mma kei=tai e)n *)ortugi/h| to/ca par' *)arte/midi. kai\ *kunqi/an: *kunqi/an e)/xwn u(yike/rata pe/tran. *)aristofa/nhs *nefe/lais.
Illustrated here are two words (the headword and a second lemma) related to Mount Kynthos (Cynthus), the main peak on the island of Delos.
[1] Callimachus, Epigram 62.1-2 Pfeiffer (= Greek Anthology 6.121.1-2). "Kynthos' children" could have meant Apollo and Artemis, since they were said to have been born on Mt. Kynthos. But here, as we learn in the last line of the poem, it refers to goats inhabiting the mountain that Echemmas (otherwise unknown; presumably a hunter if not a figment of Callimachus' imagination) had been shooting with his bow. Callimachus is also responsible for the only other surviving non-lexicographical appearance of the headword, Hymn to Apollo 61, where it also refers to Delian goats.
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 596-7 (web address 1), describing Apollo; cf. upsilon 757. The phrase 'high-horned crag', according to Etymologicum Magnum 504.4, is Pindar's (fr.325).
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Translated by: William Hutton on 13 March 2008@13:03:51.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplemented tr; augmented n.2; tweaks and cosmetics) on 14 March 2008@04:12:46.
David Whitehead on 14 March 2008@04:14:29.
David Whitehead on 22 March 2013@04:57:04.
David Whitehead (coding) on 2 May 2016@12:48:53.
David Whitehead (tweaks to n.1, prompted by CR) on 8 March 2020@07:07:54.


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