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Headword: *ma/leos
Adler number: mu,101
Translated headword: Maleos, Maleus
Vetting Status: high
A proper name. Phaistos, a city of Crete. Homer [says]: "into Phaistos, [where only] a small rock keeps away a great wave."[1] For a certain Maleos brought this rock and dedicated it to Poseidon, to prevent the waves crashing against Phaistos.
Greek Original:
*ma/leos: o)/noma ku/rion. *faisto/s, po/lis *krh/ths. *(/omhros: e)s *faisto/n: mikro\s de\ li/qos me/ga ku=m' a)poe/rgei. *ma/leos ga/r tis tele/sas to\n li/qon tou=ton a)nie/rwse tw=| *poseidw=ni, pro\s to\ mh\ ta\ ku/mata prospela/zein th=| *faistw=|.
This is a quotation of the entry on Phaistos, phi 182, q.v. Hence the odd occurrence of the place name Phaistos, the headword of that entry, as if referring to the man Maleos.
[1] Homer, Odyssey 3.296.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; definition; epic; geography; mythology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 November 2001@02:55:45.
Vetted by:
Robert Dyer (Slight expansion of note) on 26 November 2002@12:38:34.
Catharine Roth on 26 November 2002@17:22:46.
David Whitehead on 29 April 2013@05:20:58.


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