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Headword: Argolai
Adler number: alpha,3781
Translated headword: argolai, snakes
Vetting Status: high
A type of snakes, which the Macedonian Alexander brought from Pelasgian Argos [Myth, Place] to Alexandria and threw into the river for the destruction of the cobras, when he moved the bones of the prophet Jeremiah from Egypt to Alexandria; the prophet himself killed them. So "argolai" [means] "ill-omened [laioi] out of Argos".
Greek Original:
Argolai: eidos opheôn, hous ênenke Makedôn Alexandros ek tou Argous tou Pelasgikou eis Alexandreian kai enebalen eis ton potamon pros anairesin tôn aspidôn, hote metethêke ta osta Hieremiou tou prophêtou ex Aiguptou eis Alexandreian: hous ho autos prophêtês apekteinen. argolai oun ek tou Argous laioi.
This strange and confusing (esp. "from Egypt to Alexandria") anecdote about Alexander the Great (d. 323 BCE) does not appear in the mainstream sources on him, but cf. De prophetarum vita et obitu (ed. T. Schermann) p.45, cf. 72.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 11 July 2001@12:48:06.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keywords) on 13 July 2001@03:47:47.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords) on 9 March 2008@11:38:11.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 10 April 2012@07:50:30.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 21 October 2015@01:31:54.


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