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Headword: Λεωκόριον
Adler number: lambda,261
Translated headword: Leokorion, Leocorium, Leos-shrine
Vetting Status: high
A place in Attica, [taking its name] from a story. Attica was once suffering from a famine, and release from its terrors was [declared to be] the sacrifice of a child. So a certain Leos contributed his own daughters and freed the city from the famine; and the place was given the name Leokorion after him.
Greek Original:
Λεωκόριον: τόπος τῆς Ἀττικῆς, ἀπὸ ἱστορίας. ἐλίμωξέ ποτε ἡ Ἀττική, καὶ λύσις ἦν τῶν δεινῶν παιδὸς σφαγή. Λεὼς οὖν τις τὰς ἑαυτοῦ θυγατέρας ἐπιδέδωκε καὶ ἀπήλλαξε τοῦ λιμοῦ τὴν πόλιν: καὶ ἐκ τούτου ἐκλήθη ὁ τόπος Λεωκόριον.
From the scholia to Thucydides 1.20.2, where the headword occurs.
Phanodemos FGrH 352 F8 locates the Leokor(e)ion "in the middle of the Kerameikos"; cf. lambda 262. (Not yet securely identified in excavation: see J.M. Camp, The Athenian Agora (London 1983) 47, 79.) For this aetiology see also Demosthenes 60.29 (web address 1); Aelian, Varia Historia 12.28.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; agriculture; biography; children; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; geography; historiography; mythology; religion; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 July 2001@08:50:00.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added italics; added link; cosmetics; set status) on 1 November 2003@21:30:28.
David Whitehead (added x-ref and keywords; corrected a typo) on 2 November 2003@05:24:07.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 11 November 2005@06:00:18.
David Whitehead on 4 April 2013@09:27:43.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 31 October 2014@23:28:28.


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