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Headword: *tra/gos
Adler number: tau,898
Translated headword: billy-goat
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A name for] the wild fig amongst Messenians. Aristomenes received an oracle to the effect that, when a billy-goat drank the water of the river Neda, Mount Hira would be captured. And they prevented the billy-goats from drinking there. The wild fig, however, grew by the river; its leaves drooped and filled with the water; and once this had happened the mountain was taken.
Greek Original:
*tra/gos: para\ *messhni/ois o( e)rineo/s. e)de/cato de\ *)aristome/nhs xrhsmo/n, w(s, h(ni/ka pi/oi u(/dwr tou= *ne/da potamou= tra/gos, a(lw/setai h( *(ira\ to\ o)/ros. kai\ e)kw/luon tou\s tra/gous pi/nein e)kei=qen. o( de\ e)rineo\s e)pefu/kei para\ to\n potamo/n: ou(= ta\ fu/lla tw=| u(/dati e)plhsi/azon kekufo/ta: kai\ tou/tou e)kba/ntos, e(a/lw to\ o)/ros.
See Pausanias 4.20 for a full version of this episode in the early history (legend?) of Messenia: text at web address 1.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; botany; food; geography; history; military affairs; religion; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 November 2001@07:25:52.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link) on 8 November 2001@17:39:23.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 18 June 2004@10:36:25.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 15 August 2011@05:48:39.


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