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Headword: Νησάων
Adler number: kappa,1960
Translated headword: of Kolonai
Vetting Status: high
['Of Kolonai'] and 'of islands'. Callimachus used [these forms] irregularly; for [Κολωνάων ] is not derived from [feminine] κολώνη , but from [masculine] ὁ κολωνός .
Greek Original:
Κολωνάων καὶ Νησάων: παραλόγως ἐχρήσατο Καλλίμαχος: οὐ γὰρ παράγεται ἀπὸ κολώνης, ἀλλ' ἀπὸ τοῦ κολωνοῦ.
From a gloss on sol/finder/showlinks.cgi?kws=Callimachus">Callimachus Hecale fr.300 Pfeiffer, where, as indicated, the genitive plural form of this toponym (an Attic deme: see further below) occurs. The other genitive plural cited, νησάων [which SOL wrongly gives as the primary headword], occurs in sol/finder/showlinks.cgi?kws=Callimachus">Callimachus' Aetia and (twice) Hymn to Delos.
The gloss criticizes the use of these first-declension uncontracted genitive plural forms. The criticism might be valid in the case of νῆσος "island"; LSJ s.v. calls it heteroclictic. But the primary headword form, contrary to what seems to be assumed here, is the genitive plural not of lower-case "hill," for which both first and second declension forms are attested (see kappa 1963 κολώνη and kappa 1964 κολωνός ), but of upper-case Κολῶναι , and thus regular. (If it were from Kolonos (Colonus), as a scholiast on Homer, Odyssey 14.199, supposes, it would indeed be irregular.)
There were two Attic demes of this name (see Whitehead 73 n.30), and the full quotation from the Hecale takes account of this: 'someone brought me to share a hearth out of the other deme K.'.
D. Whitehead, The Demes of Attica (Princeton 1986)
Keywords: dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; poetry
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 2 January 2009@23:04:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 3 January 2009@04:16:05.
David Whitehead (internal reorganisation; tweaked tr and note) on 7 March 2013@06:20:33.
David Whitehead (cosmeticule) on 1 May 2016@10:32:35.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 1 May 2016@23:57:40.
David Whitehead on 13 May 2016@08:19:19.
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