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Headword: Alubê
Adler number: alpha,1424
Translated headword: Alube, Alybe
Vetting Status: high
Name of a pillar.
Greek Original:
Alubê: onoma stêlês.
A place called Alybe is mentioned in Homer, Iliad 2.855 as being far away (and a source of silver). The simple gloss in Hesychius alpha3282, 'a Trojan city', can therefore not be right; however, its location generated different views, as can be seen in e.g. Strabo 12.3.20-24 and 13.1.45; also, more faintly, in Stephanus of Byzantium s.v. One tradition -- which recognised the name as Chalybe -- placed it in the east, connecting the Chalybes with the Chaldeans (chi 13); another in the west, where it was the name (which explains the otherwise cryptic gloss here, also in ps.-Zonaras) of one of the pillars of Hercules, at the mouth of the Mediterranean (cf. alpha 1143, beta 537).
Keywords: definition; epic; geography; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 June 2000@07:25:21.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note and keywords) on 3 July 2002@19:01:21.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 4 July 2002@03:24:52.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 2 August 2011@04:56:48.
David Whitehead (expanded note) on 13 June 2015@10:55:21.


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