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Headword: *proto/nion
Adler number: pi,2892
Translated headword: protonion
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a small outer-garment, which a priestess wears. It is transferred from the priestess to the man slaughtering. It was called protonion because Pandora was the first with her sisters[1] to prepare garments from wool for humans.
Greek Original:
*proto/nion: i(mati/dion, o(\ i(e/reia a)mfie/nnutai. e)piti/qetai de\ a)po\ th=s i(erei/as tw=| sfa/ttonti. proto/nion de\ e)klh/qh, o(/ti prw/th *pandw/ra meta\ tw=n a)delfw=n kateskeu/ase toi=s a)nqrw/pois th\n e)k tw=n e)ri/wn e)sqh=ta.
= Photius, Lexicon pi1407 Theodoridis (but see below); and cf. Pollux 10.191 where protonion is included in a list of temple accoutrements, perhaps garments.
[1] So here, but Photius' original has Pandrosos (pi 182), also mentioned by Pollux. The discrepancy could be put down to a simple error on the Suda compiler's part if the 'Pandora' he meant was the primal Eve-figure of that name, whose eponymous box or jar let loose the world's evils (see in brief OCD4 s.v.). However, more probably this is a conscious correction within the scope of specifically Athenian mythology: a change from Pandrosos one of the daughters of Kekrops to Pandora one of the daughters of Erechtheus.
Keywords: aetiology; clothing; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mythology; religion; trade and manufacture; women; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 October 2013@23:06:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 9 October 2013@03:21:41.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 9 October 2013@09:33:12.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1) on 9 October 2013@09:50:58.
David Whitehead on 9 October 2013@10:02:28.
David Whitehead on 21 October 2013@05:12:26.
David Whitehead on 10 August 2014@07:16:08.
David Whitehead (coding) on 25 May 2016@03:16:01.


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