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Headword: *polei/dion
Adler number: pi,1895
Translated headword: Poleidion, Polidium
Vetting Status: high
Name of a city.
Greek Original:
*polei/dion: o)/noma po/lews.
Two lines of interpretation are possible here:
(i) [NF] If the headword is upper-case, i.e. a toponym in its own right, perhaps the 'Polei' is intrusive and the reference is to an actual place called Dion. (There was one in Pieria, Makedonia [Barrington Atlas map 50 grid B4], and one on the Athos peninsula [map 51 grid C4].) Alternatively, a mangled rendering of Poleatikon in the Bosphorus region.
(ii) [DW] Perhaps the lexicographer or his source has wrongly construed as a specific place-name what is nothing more than lower-case poleidion/polidion, the generic diminutive of polis; see e.g. Strabo 9.2.32, 10.1.5.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography
Translated by: Nicholas Fincher on 29 July 2003@06:11:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 29 July 2003@06:30:11.
David Whitehead (reworked and augmented note) on 4 August 2011@09:36:24.


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