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Headword: *)orxomeno/s
Adler number: omicron,674
Translated headword: Orchomenos
Vetting Status: high
A temple of idols.
Greek Original:
*)orxomeno/s: nao\s tw=n ei)dw/lwn.
A thoroughly puzzling entry. The headword looks like a participle, except for the accent, but as it does not fit with any attested verb, it is presumably a proper noun. Several individuals named Orchomenos appear in Greek mythology (e.g. one of the sons of Thyestes); and cities called Orchomenos were located in Boeotia and Arcadia. Hesychius omicron1380 has this headword with the gloss po/lis *boiwti/as, h(\n *minu/eion kalou=sin ("a city of Boeotia, which they call Minyan"; prompted by Homer, Iliad 2.511), and the Etymologicum Magnum glosses similarly. However, none of that comes near to explaining the present Christian-inspired gloss, which has already appeared at epsiloniota 42 (and cf. a fragment of Photius' Commentary on Paul's 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians, "the temple of God and the temple of idols").
Keywords: Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; mythology; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 April 2010@00:16:43.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 8 April 2010@03:43:27.
Catharine Roth (tweaks) on 8 April 2010@15:03:00.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 29 July 2013@03:14:33.
David Whitehead (coding) on 20 May 2016@04:42:31.


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