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Headword: Ἐς Κυνόσαργες
Adler number: epsilon,3160
Translated headword: into Kynosarges, into Cynosarges
Vetting Status: high
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.
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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