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Headword: Κυρσίλος
Adler number: kappa,2770
Translated headword: Kyrsilos, Cyrsilus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A proper name; [that of a man] whom [the] Athenians killed, because he was advising them to submit to [the] Persians.
Greek Original:
Κυρσίλος: ὄνομα κύριον: ὃν Ἀθηναῖοι κατέλευσαν, διότι ὑπακούειν Πέρσαις προὐτρέπετο.
Notes:
A summary of Harpokration s.v. Kyrsilon, i.e. the accusative case of the name, as used in Demosthenes 18.204.
This Suda entry is out of alphabetical order in its present position, that of most of the manuscripts; the explanation may be that in an earlier stage of transmission the name was Κυρθίλος .
If (as it is orthodox to assume) this is the episode described in Herodotus 9.5, this individual -- a member of the Athenian council in 480/79 -- was actually called Lykides (web address 1). Develin 64 suggests that "Kyrsilos" (via Demosthenes, in Cicero as well as here) is a derogatory nickname.
Reference:
Robert Develin, Athenian Officials 684-321 BC (Cambridge 1989)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 4 December 2000@06:09:03.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 29 October 2003@00:45:22.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 29 October 2003@03:09:27.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keyword; cosmetics) on 25 March 2008@09:55:41.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 11 July 2011@09:46:36.

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