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Headword: *mainali/a e)/lafos
Adler number: mu,329
Translated headword: Mainalian hind
Vetting Status: high
Also [sc. attested is] "of Mainalians", [meaning] of impulsive [sc. creatures.[1] In the Epigrams: "the heads of Mainalian hinds are being offered up".[2]
Greek Original:
*mainali/a e)/lafos. kai\ *mainali/wn, o(rmhtikw=n. e)n *)epigra/mmasi: a)/gkeintai kefalai\ *mainali/wn e)la/fwn.
The unglossed headword phrase, in the nominative singular, is perhaps quoted from somewhere but is more probably generated from the quotation given (where it is genitive plural).
[1] For Mt Mainalos see mu 330. The mountain was sacred to Pan, and is associated with wild animals (bears: Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 1.168; lynxes: Callimachus, Hymn to Artemis 89), but the Suda is probably guessing in associating a particular connotation of impulsiveness with the region.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.112.2 (Perses), already at alpha 4564. On this epigram, a dedication to Apollo, see Gow and Page (vol. I, 155-156) and (vol. II, 447-448). The fuller text of this extract at alpha 4564 indicates that the deer heads had enormous horns. The deer must have been stags, not hinds, as the lexicographer has assumed with the feminine headword adjective. However, the feminine is often used generically of deer; see the discussion of antlered hinds at delta 1088 note.
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. I, (Cambridge 1965)
A.S.F. Gow and D.L. Page, eds., The Greek Anthology: Hellenistic Epigrams, vol. II, (Cambridge 1965)
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; poetry; religion; zoology
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 30 April 2009@07:45:56.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, keywords, status) on 1 May 2009@01:04:28.
David Whitehead (x-ref; tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 May 2009@03:46:59.
David Whitehead (altered primary note, at the translator's request) on 1 May 2009@05:28:52.
David Whitehead on 12 May 2013@07:25:44.
David Whitehead (note tweak) on 17 May 2016@08:24:24.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 22 July 2020@17:24:26.
Ronald Allen (expanded n.2, added bibliography) on 23 January 2022@12:58:52.
Ronald Allen (further expanded n.2, added cross-reference) on 24 January 2022@15:04:27.


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