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Headword: Λεύκη
Adler number: lambda,319
Translated headword: white-poplar
Vetting Status: high
Demosthenes in the [speech] For Ktesiphon [writes]: "those crowned with fennel and white-poplar."[1] Those celebrating the Bacchic rites used to be crowned with white-poplar because the plant is from the nether world and the Dionysos of Persephone, too, is from the nether world. He says[2] that the white-poplar grew by the [river] Acheron, which is why in Homer it is called acherois.[3]
Greek Original:
Λεύκη: Δημοσθένης ἐν τῷ ὑπὲρ Κτησιφῶντος: τοὺς ἐστεφανωμένους τῷ μαράθρῳ καὶ τῇ λεύκῃ. ἐστέφοντο δὲ οἱ τὰ Βακχικὰ τελούμενοι τῇ λεύκῃ διὰ τὸ χθόνιον μὲν εἶναι τὸ φυτόν, χθόνιον δὲ καὶ τὸ τῆς Περσεφόνης Διόνυσον. τὴν δὲ λεύκην πεφυκέναι φησὶ πρὸς τῷ Ἀχέροντι, ὅθεν καὶ Ἀχερωί̈δα καλεῖσθαι αὐτὴν παρ' Ὁμήρῳ.
Abridged from Harpokration (and Photius) s.v.
[1] Demosthenes 18.260 (web address 1).
[2] "They say" in Harpok.
[3] Homer, Iliad 13.389-90 (web address 2), repeated 16.482-3.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: botany; definition; epic; mythology; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 5 December 2000@08:20:30.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added links; added italics; cosmetics; set status) on 1 November 2003@21:50:23.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 2 November 2003@05:44:52.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 12 July 2011@03:53:04.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 16 April 2013@01:47:12.
David Whitehead on 10 June 2016@02:54:51.


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