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Headword: Ἐς Κυνόσαργες
Adler number: epsilon,3160
Translated headword: into Kynosarges, into Cynosarges
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
As if [into] Kynosarkes; [sc. so named] from the incident when, after a lavish sacrifice, a dog went in and snatched the meat from the offering and took it away.[1] A temple was established there too; and bastards used to be judged there, [to see in each case] whether he was truly the son of the man present.[2] The Athenians used to call freedmen, too, bastards.[3] See [the entry] εἰς Κυνόσαργες , for something clearer.
Greek Original:
Ἐς Κυνόσαργες: οἱονεὶ Κυνόσαρκες: ἀπὸ τοῦ θυσίας πλησίον γενομένης εἰσελθόντα κύνα καὶ ἁρπάσαντα κρέας τοῦ θύματος ἀγαγεῖν ἐκεῖσε: ἐν ᾧ καὶ ναὸς ἐκτίσθη: καὶ οἱ νόθοι ἐνταῦθα ἐκρίνοντο, εἰ τοῦδε ὄντως γέγονεν υἱός. ἐκάλουν δὲ Ἀθηναῖοι καὶ τοὺς ἀπελευθέρους νόθους. ζήτει εἰς Κυνόσαργες, σαφέστερον κεῖται.
Notes:
As the final comment on the present entry suggests, epsiloniota 290 has more reliable material on this topic; see also kappa 2721.
[1] Thus, as this fanciful etymology has it, the name is somehow connected with the noun sarx ('flesh').
[2] For 'bastards' (probably the least worst translation of the Greek nothoi) see further at nu 448, nu 449.
[3] Untrue.
Keywords: aetiology; children; definition; food; gender and sexuality; geography; law; religion; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 1 January 2008@05:00:41.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 1 January 2008@17:32:23.
David Whitehead (more notes) on 2 January 2008@03:19:57.
David Whitehead on 31 October 2012@06:21:33.

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