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Headword: *leu/kh
Adler number: lambda,319
Translated headword: white-poplar
Vetting Status: high
Demosthenes in the [speech] For Ktesiphon [writes]: "those crowned with fennel and white-poplar."[1] Those celebrating the Bacchic rites used to be crowned with white-poplar because the plant is from the nether world and the Dionysos of Persephone, too, is from the nether world. He says[2] that the white-poplar grew by the [river] Acheron, which is why in Homer it is called acherois.[3]
Greek Original:
*leu/kh: *dhmosqe/nhs e)n tw=| u(pe\r *kthsifw=ntos: tou\s e)stefanwme/nous tw=| mara/qrw| kai\ th=| leu/kh|. e)ste/fonto de\ oi( ta\ *bakxika\ telou/menoi th=| leu/kh| dia\ to\ xqo/nion me\n ei)=nai to\ futo/n, xqo/nion de\ kai\ to\ th=s *persefo/nhs *dio/nuson. th\n de\ leu/khn pefuke/nai fhsi\ pro\s tw=| *)axe/ronti, o(/qen kai\ *)axerwi/+da kalei=sqai au)th\n par' *(omh/rw|.
Abridged from Harpokration (and Photius) s.v.
[1] Demosthenes 18.260 (web address 1).
[2] "They say" in Harpok.
[3] Homer, Iliad 13.389-90 (web address 2), repeated 16.482-3.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: botany; definition; epic; mythology; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 5 December 2000@08:20:30.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added links; added italics; cosmetics; set status) on 1 November 2003@21:50:23.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 2 November 2003@05:44:52.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 12 July 2011@03:53:04.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 16 April 2013@01:47:12.
David Whitehead on 10 June 2016@02:54:51.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 20 April 2020@19:21:18.


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