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Headword: Αἴλουρος
Adler number: alphaiota,185
Translated headword: cat
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The animal [of that name].
Greek Original:
Αἴλουρος: τὸ ζῷον.
Notes:
See also kappa 1062, omicroniota 64.
Cats arrived in Europe from Egypt, where they were regarded as sacred. They were familiar in Rome by the first century CE. (Previously, ferrets had performed the function of domestic rodent-control.)
Herodotus has some curious information on cat behavior (Histories 2.66, accessible via LSJ at web address 1 below).
References:
OCD(4) p.1118, under "pets"
Donald Engels, Classical Cats (London & New York 1999)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; geography; historiography; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 7 November 2000@15:54:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented bibliography) on 30 August 2002@06:14:02.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, cross-reference) on 6 April 2006@00:36:04.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 14 May 2012@09:40:34.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 26 August 2013@16:07:52.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 July 2014@08:52:38.

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