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Headword: Αἴσωπος
Adler number: alphaiota,333
Translated headword: Aesop, Aisopos, Aesopus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. The name of] Mithridates' secretary.[1] He wrote Concerning Helen, in which he says that there is a whale-like fish called a 'Pan', and that in this [fish] a precious stone is found which lights up in the sun, and she uses it for love-charms.[1] He also wrote an Encomium of Mithridates.
Greek Original:
Αἴσωπος, Μιθριδάτου ἀναγνώστης. ἔγραψε περὶ Ἑλένης: ἐν ᾧ φησι Πᾶνα ἰχθὺν καλεῖσθαι κητώδη. ἐν τούτῳ δὲ τὸν ἀστερίτην λίθον εὑρίσκεσθαι, ὃς ὑπὸ τῷ ἡλίῳ ἀνάπτεται, ποιεῖ δὲ πρὸς φίλτρα. ἔγραψε καὶ Μιθριδάτου ἐγκώμιον.
Notes:
C1 BCE; FGrH 187a. Material repeated at iota 783 and pi 148.
[1] 'Mithridates/Mithradates' was the name of six kings of Pontus in Asia Minor: see OCD(4) s.v. Mithradates (pp.963-4), and mu 1044. This is taken to be the last and best-known of them (120-63 BCE).
[2] The material from 'there is a' to 'love-charms' derives from Photius' Bibliotheca (153b22-29), where it is attributed to the Kaine historia of 'Ptolemy, son of Hephaestion' (pi 3037).
Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; geography; history; medicine; mythology; rhetoric; women; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 21 May 2003@12:40:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes; cosmetics) on 22 May 2003@03:19:10.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 17 May 2012@04:48:05.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 1 August 2014@04:45:10.
David Whitehead (another note) on 30 November 2015@08:28:53.

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