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Headword: Ἱππομένης
Adler number: iota,573
Translated headword: Hippomenes
Vetting Status: high
An archon of Athens, who vacated his archonship for the following reason. He had a daughter, who was dishonoured in secret by one of the citizens. Enraged, [Hippomenes] confined her in a building, bound together with a horse, and he sent in no food for either. So the horse, oppressed by hunger, attacked the girl and ate her; and the horse itself later died. Subsequently the building was dug over and the spot named, from this [episode], horse's and girl's.
Greek Original:
Ἱππομένης, Ἀθηναίων ἄρχων, ὃς ἐξέπεσε τῆς ἀρχῆς δι' αἰτίαν τοιάνδε. ἦν αὐτῷ θυγάτηρ, ἥντινα τῶν ἀστῶν τινος αἰσχύναντος λάθρᾳ, ὑπ' ὀργῆς καθεῖρξεν εἰς οἴκημα δήσας σὺν ἵππῳ καὶ τροφὴν οὐδετέρῳ εἰσέπεμπε. πιεσθεὶς οὖν λιμῷ ὁ ἵππος, ἐφορμήσας τῇ παιδὶ ἀναλώσας τε αὐτήν, καὶ αὐτὸς ὕστερον ἀπέθανε. μετὰ ταῦτα ἐπισκαφείσης αὐτοῖς τῆς οἰκήσεως, ἀπ' ἐκείνου ὁ χῶρος ἐκαλεῖτο ἵππου καὶ κόρης.
There is another version of this story at pi 655, q.v. for notes. The present version comes from Nicolaus of Damascus (FGrH 90 F49).
P.J. Rhodes, A Commentary on the Aristotelian Athenaion Politeia (Oxford 1981) 78
Keywords: aetiology; architecture; biography; constitution; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; women; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 April 2006@05:49:10.
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