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Headword: *muka/lh
Adler number: mu,1390
Translated headword: Mykale, Mycale
Vetting Status: high
[Mykale] and Mykalesos, a name of a city.
[Named] after the fact that the Gorgons bellowed [muka=sqai] there.
Greek Original:
*muka/lh kai\ *mukalhso/s, o)/noma po/lews. para\ to\ e)kei= muka=sqai ta\s *gorgo/nas.
The entry is wrong to suggest that Mykale and Mykalessos (sic) were alternative names for the same place. Mykale (site of a famous seabattle of 479 BCE) lay on a promontory of Karia, opposite the island of Samos. Mykalessos -- attacked and sacked by Thracians in 413 BCE (Thucydides 7.29-30, strikingly concluding that "its people suffered calamities as pitiable as any which took place in this war": web address 1) -- was in Boiotia. Their ethnika were even more similar than their city-names: Mykalesios and Mykalessios; hence perhaps the confusion. Stephanus of Byzantium s.v. Mykalessos cites Ephorus (FGrH 70 F28) to the effect that there was another, Karian Mykalessos; Stephanus nevertheless has an entry for Mykale too.
As regards the etymology, Stephanus has the one given here s.v. Mykale but has a cow doing the bellowing s.v. Mykalessos.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; military affairs; mythology; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 July 2001@04:50:01.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 7 December 2003@21:31:42.
David Whitehead (internal rearrangement; other cosmetics) on 8 December 2003@03:09:11.
David Whitehead on 28 May 2013@09:16:56.


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