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Headword: Κηκίδιος
Adler number: kappa,1500
Translated headword: Kekidios
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A poet of dithyrambs, very ancient.[1] Cratinus mentions him in Panoptai.[2] And Aristophanes [says]:[3] "old-fashioned and Diipolieia-like and full of cicada hair-pieces[4] and of Kekidios [and of the Bouphonia]".
Greek Original:
Κηκίδιος, διθυράμβων ποιητής, πάνυ ἀρχαῖος. μέμνηται αὐτοῦ Κρατῖνος ἐν Πανόπταις. καὶ Ἀριστοφάνης: ἀρχαῖα καὶ Διιπολιώδη καὶ τεττίγων ἀνάμεστα καὶ Κηκιδίου.
Notes:
An approximation of Aristophanes, Clouds 984-5 (web address 1), preceded by material from the scholia there.
[1] Nothing is otherwise known of this poet, and even the form of his name is unclear: here Kekidios, but there are numerous variants in the mss and elsewhere -- Kekidos, Kikidos, Kukeidos, Keidos (Stobaeus), Kedios, Ketheides (Hesychius and Photius) or Kedeides (Nauck, with epigraphic support).
[2] Cratinus fr. 156 Kock, now 168 K.-A.
[3] Aristophanes' lines, which follow, refer to old-fashioned aspects of the Diipolieia, an Attic "spectator" festival of Zeus (delta 1045). They end with a mention, here omitted, of the Bouphonia, the ox-slaying ritual at the Diipolieia (beta 474, beta 475). But NB: the word read as upper-case κηκίδιου or κηκείδου almost certainly has to do with the yellow dye or ink made from oak-gall or ink-gall (κηκίς , kappa 1501); such a yellow dye might have been used in an old-fashioned ritual.
[4] cf. tau 378.
References:
OCD(4) 203 (s.v. 'Attic cults and myths'), 248 (s.v. 'Bouphonia').
Simon, E. Festivals of Attica (1983) 8-12
Henrichs, A. in Symposium Karl Meuli, ed. F. Graf (1992) 152-60
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; clothing; comedy; poetry; religion; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 10 February 2002@12:05:00.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 10 February 2002@12:47:32.
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David Whitehead (updated some refs) on 2 August 2014@07:08:09.
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