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Headword: Ἔχετος
Adler number: epsilon,3996
Translated headword: Echetus, Echetos
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A rough and hard tyrant. Homer [writes]: "I shall send you [...] to king Echetus, baneful to all men, who will cut off your nose and ears with pitiless bronze".[1]
And another [passage?]: "Festus sends out, to demonstrate that the poetical and legendary Echetus, and any other such [tyrant] from Sicily or Thessaly, were gold and a festival".[2]
Greek Original:
Ἔχετος: τύραννος ἀπηνὴς καὶ σκληρός. Ὅμηρος: πέμψω σ' εἰς Ἔχετον βασιλῆα, βροτῶν δηλήμονα πάντων, ὅς κ' ἀπὸ ῥῖνα τάμῃσι καὶ οὔατα νηλέϊ χαλκῷ. καὶ ἕτερος: ἐκπέμπει δὲ ὁ Φῆστος τὸν ποιητικὸν καὶ μυθώδη Ἔχετον καὶ εἰ δή τις ἄλλος ἐκ Σικελίας ἢ Θετταλίας, χρυσὸν ἀποδείξων καὶ πανήγυριν.
Notes:
On King Echetus of Epirus see (besides Homer, below): Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 4.1092-1095; Hesychius s.v.; ps.-Nonnus, Scholia mythologica 4.48; Michael Apostolius s.v. Φαλάριδος ἀρχὴ καὶ Ἐχέτου ; and under beta 279 and tau 1187.
[1] Homer, Odyssey 18.84-86 (here abridged; see at web address 1); cf. id. 18.115-116 and 21.307-309 (web addresses 2 and 3).
[2] An approximation of material recorded at greater length at phi 279 (= Eunapius fr.39 FHG (4.29); Blockley, Eunapius fr. 39.[8]) -- read πέμπεται ('[Festus] is sent') in place of the ἐκπέμπει ('sends out') of the current entry, and add τοιοῦτος ('such') after Θετταλίας . Shorter excerpts of the same passage are also found at gamma 301 and theta 599.
Reference:
Blockley, R.C. The Fragmentary Classicising Historians of the Later Roman Empire: Eunapius, Olympiodorus, Priscus and Malchus. Vol. II. Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1983.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; economics; epic; ethics; geography; historiography; history; mythology; proverbs
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 8 September 2007@11:22:18.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 9 September 2007@10:13:23.
Catharine Roth (betacode cosmetics) on 18 October 2011@01:52:11.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 18 October 2011@03:32:28.
David Whitehead on 21 November 2012@03:45:53.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 21 December 2014@00:26:03.
Aaron Baker (Modified translation; added Blockley cite.) on 29 March 2015@17:31:48.
Aaron Baker (Included two omitted words.) on 29 March 2015@17:34:31.
Aaron Baker (corrected spacing.) on 29 March 2015@17:36:33.
William Hutton (augmented note) on 30 March 2015@07:57:08.
Aaron Baker (Deleted Thomas Magister reference as irrelevant here.) on 12 April 2015@18:11:19.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 28 March 2018@18:00:25.

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