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Headword: *)/aleion
Adler number: alpha,1155
Translated headword: Aleion, Haleion
Vetting Status: high
The shrine of Helios according to Rhodians.[1] It [also?] means water.[2]
Also [sc. attested is] "Aleios Zeus".[3]
Greek Original:
*)/aleion: to\ tou= *(hli/ou i(ero\n kata\ *(rodi/ous. shmai/nei u(/dwr. kai\ *)/aleios o( *zeu/s.
Same entry in ps.-Zonaras.
[1] "Helios, the sun, is a god everywhere; there was a scandal when Anaxagoras dared to call him a glowing clod [see alpha 1981]. But the island of Rhodes is almost the only place where Helios enjoys an important cult; consequently he becomes anthropomorphic: the largest Greek statue in bronze, the Colossus of Rhodes, is a representation of Helios" (W. Burkert, Greek Religion (Oxford and Cambridge Mass. 1985) 175; see also OCD(4) p.655, and L.R. Farnell, The Cults of the Greek States (Oxford 1896-1909) 5.417-20).
[2] cf. Hesychius alpha2837, a(lei=on u(/dwr glossed as a)qroisto/n, kai\ sullekto/n.
[3] Callimachus, Iambi fr. 196.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; mythology; poetry; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 17 April 2000@06:08:10.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes) on 28 January 2001@06:55:16.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 12 June 2002@07:50:10.
David Whitehead (more notes; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 5 February 2012@06:30:22.
Catharine Roth (added a keyword) on 12 April 2012@01:35:35.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@04:20:58.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 30 May 2015@00:50:35.


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