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Headword: Aristaios
Adler number: alpha,3898
Translated headword: Aristaios, Aristaeus
Vetting Status: high
[The name of] one of the Giants, [the one] who survived.[1]
But [sc. a different name is] Aristeus, [genitive] Aristeos.[2]
And Aristion likewise.[3] He is a Samian or Plataian, and, since a lad, a companion of Demosthenes; he was sent by him to Hephaistion for negotiations. Hyperides mentions him in the [speech] Against Demosthenes.[4]
Aristaios, the story goes, was the only Giant to survive on the Sicilian mountain called Etna; the fire of heaven did not reach him, nor did Etna crush him.[5]
Greek Original:
Aristaios: heis tôn Gigantôn, hos periesôthê. Aristeus de, Aristeôs. kai Aristiôn hôsautôs. esti de Samios men ê Plataieus, ek meirakulliou de hetairos Dêmosthenous: epemphthê de hup' autou pros Hêphaistiôna heneka diallagôn. mnêmoneuei autou Huperidês en tôi kata Dêmosthenous. hoti en tôi orei tês Sikelias, tôi legomenôi Aitnêi, Aristaion monon ton Giganta perisôthênai phasi: kai oute pur ouranion ep' auton êlthen, oute Aitnê piezei auton.
[1] Aelian fr. 215b Domingo-Forasté (214 Hercher). On the mythological Giants and their battle with the Gods, see further at the end of the entry, (and OCD(4) pp.616).
[2] e.g. that of two Corinthian generals in Thucydides (1.29 [web address 1]; 1.60-65, 2.67).
[3] From this point, down to "...negotiations" the source becomes Harpokration, who cites Diyllos (FGrH 73F2) and Marsyas (FGrH 135F2) as sources.
[4] Hyperides, Against Demosthenes 20, apparently. See Whitehead [bibliog.] 419-421.
[5] Quoted from alphaiota 376.
David Whitehead, Hypereides: the forensic speeches (Oxford 2000)
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Keywords: aetiology; biography; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; mythology; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 10 October 2000@08:53:15.
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David Whitehead (added notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 10 September 2002@03:26:27.
William Hutton (cosmetics, modified translation, augmented footnotes, added link and keyword, set status) on 26 June 2003@07:41:01.
David Whitehead (added keyword; reversed 2 note numbers) on 26 June 2003@07:58:08.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 20 July 2011@10:40:25.
David Whitehead on 12 April 2012@04:27:18.
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