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Headword: *ptolemai=os
Adler number: pi,3032
Translated headword: Ptolemaios, Ptolemaeus, Ptolemy
Vetting Status: high
Of Kythera,[1] epic poet. This man wrote about the psalakantha. And in this [work] he says that it is a plant that has a certain marvellous power.
Greek Original:
*ptolemai=os, *kuqh/rios, e)popoio/s. ou(=tos e)/graye peri\ yalaka/nqhs. e)n tou/tw| de/ fhsin, o(/ti bota/nh e)sti/, qaumasth/n tina du/namin e)/xousa.
The psalakantha is simply 'a fabulous plant' in LSJ. It is also mentioned by the comic poet Eubulus (fr. 28 Kock, now 27 K.-A.), and in late lexica.
[1] The large island off the southern Peloponnese (kappa 2629).
Keywords: biography; botany; comedy; epic; geography; poetry
Translated by: D. Graham J. Shipley on 3 August 2002@08:08:24.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added keywords) on 3 August 2002@10:10:47.
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 4 August 2002@04:58:03.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 30 November 2011@05:49:44.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 December 2014@08:21:45.


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