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Headword: Αἰγείρου θέα
Adler number: alphaiota,35
Translated headword: poplar
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The white [sc. variety].[1] A type of plant.
Poplar's view: there was a poplar in Athens near to the shrine; there they used to set up the benches before the theater existed.[2]
From this poplar those who did not have a place used to watch. But Aigiros [is] a name of a city.[3]
Greek Original:
Αἴγειρος: ἡ λεύκη. εἶδος φυτοῦ. Αἰγείρου θέα: αἴγειρος ἦν Ἀθήνησι πλησίον τοῦ ἱεροῦ: ἔνθα πρὶν γενέσθαι θέατρον, τὰ ἰκρία ἐπήγνυον. ἀφ' ἧς αἰγείρου οἱ μὴ ἔχοντες τόπον ἐθεώρουν. Αἴγιρος δὲ ὄνομα πόλεως.
Notes:
NB: the online headword is incorrect; it should be αἴγειρος , not the subsidiary lemma αἰγείρου θέα .
[1] i.e. populus alba. Note, however, LSJ's belief that this term refers to the black variety, populus nigra.
[2] See already under alpha 2952. (For benches cf. iota 275.) The Suda's 'near to the shrine' looks incomplete or otherwise faulty, but it is already in Hesychius alpha1695. Modern scholarship would suggest that the hieron in question is that of Lenaean Dionysus; see Pickard-Cambridge/Gould/Lewis 37-38.
[3] See alphaiota 58.
Reference:
A.W. Pickard-Cambridge, The Dramatic Festivals of Athens, 2nd edition with new supplement, revised J. Gould & D.M. Lewis (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1988)
Keywords: architecture; botany; comedy; daily life; geography; history; proverbs; religion; stagecraft; tragedy
Translated by: William Hutton on 22 May 2003@21:51:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 23 May 2003@04:32:14.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added keyword) on 17 October 2005@18:44:47.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 May 2012@08:53:58.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 4 August 2015@03:19:47.
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