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Headword: Athamas
Adler number: alpha,702
Translated headword: Athamas
Vetting Status: high
Proper name.
Athamas was led in crowned like a sacrificial victim and about to be slain because of [sc. his son] Phrixus, and Herakles rescued him, saying that Phrixus was alive.[1] So Aristophanes uses this precedent and says "afraid like Athamas about to be sacrificed".[2]
Greek Original:
Athamas: onoma kurion. eisagetai ho Athamas estephanômenos hôsper hiereion sphagiasthêsomenos dia Phrixon, kai rhuetai auton Hêraklês eipôn zên ton Phrixon. paradeigmati oun chrômenos ho Aristophanês dedienai phêsi tôi Athamanti paraplêsia mellonti thuesthai.
cf. alpha 701.
[1] See Herodotus 7.197 (web address 1 below), and generally OCD(4) s.v. (p.193).
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 257 (web address 2 below), with scholion.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; historiography; mythology; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 5 November 2000@19:26:03.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added bibliography; modified keywords; cosmetics) on 6 November 2000@03:19:05.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 14 May 2002@04:51:18.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 17 January 2012@04:15:09.
Catharine Roth (streamlined links) on 17 January 2012@21:57:55.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@03:35:23.


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