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Headword: Ἠλύσιον
Adler number: eta,272
Translated headword: Elysion, Elysium
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A holy [place] near Hades. But some [say it is] near Egypt, others [say it is] near Lesbos, and others [say it is] a place or plain which has been struck by lightning; such [places] are not to be walked upon. They are also called lightning-struck [ἐνηλύσια ]. Polemon says that Athenians call a razed place [thus].[1]
Greek Original:
Ἠλύσιον: ἱερὸν περὶ τὸν ᾅδην. οἱ δὲ περὶ Αἴγυπτον, οἱ δὲ περὶ Λέσβον, οἱ δὲ τὸ κεκεραυνωμένον χωρίον ἢ πεδίον: τὰ δὲ τοιαῦτά ἐστιν ἄβατα. καλεῖται δὲ καὶ ἐνηλύσια. Πολέμων δὲ Ἀθηναίους φησὶ τὸ κατασκαφὲν χωρίον καλεῖν.
Notes:
Similar entry in Photius (Lexicon eta134), though he has 'near Rhodes'. See also Hesychius eta399 (which Latte regards as prompted by Homer, Odyssey 4.563).
See also eta 273, and generally OCD(4) s.v. Elysium.
[1] Polemon fr. 93 (FHG 3.146).
Keywords: definition; epic; geography; historiography; mythology; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 August 2005@03:34:38.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 3 August 2005@10:16:55.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 4 August 2005@01:55:38.
David Whitehead on 16 December 2012@06:04:55.
Catharine Roth (tweaks) on 19 December 2012@02:08:03.
David Whitehead on 3 August 2014@06:06:05.
David Whitehead on 22 April 2016@11:02:36.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 13 August 2018@17:10:46.

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