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Headword: *(ekatombaiw/n
Adler number: epsilon,366
Translated headword: Hekatombaion, Hecatombaeum
Vetting Status: high
An Athenian month. This one took its name from the fact that many hecatombs[1] were sacrificed in this month.
Greek Original:
*(ekatombaiw/n: mh\n *)aqhnai=os. e)klh/qh de\ ou(=tos a)po\ tou= plei/stas e(kato/mbas qu/esqai tw=| mhni\ tou/tw|.
Abridged from Harpokration s.v., citing Hyperides fr.237 Jensen.
The first month of the Athenian year, which began in midsummer.
[1] Literally, 'hundred-ox' offerings (though LSJ s.v. notes variation, as early as Homer, in both the number of animals used and what those animals were).
H.W. Parke, Festivals of the Athenians (London 1977) chap.1, esp p.33
W.K. Pritchett, The Greek State at War vol.3 (Berkeley and Los Angeles 1979) 164-5
Keywords: aetiology; chronology; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; religion; rhetoric; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 30 October 2000@08:04:44.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Cosmetics, Raised status.) on 30 October 2000@08:26:15.
David Whitehead (added note and keywords) on 17 September 2002@06:47:25.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 July 2011@08:15:15.
David Whitehead on 31 July 2012@08:24:07.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 3 December 2016@12:46:02.
David Whitehead (expanded n. 1; another keyword) on 4 December 2016@03:26:12.


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