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Headword: Λίνος
Adler number: lambda,570
Translated headword: linos, linus
Vetting Status: high
Α sort of hymn. Homer [writes]: "he sang a fine linos".[1] [The term arises] not because of the strings [being made] from flax,[2] but [because] they sang a sort of hymn, like a paean.
Or a string of a lyre.
Greek Original:
Λίνος: εἶδος ὕμνου. Ὅμηρος: λίνον δ' ὑπὸ καλὸν ἄειδεν. οὐ διὰ τὸ τὰς χορδὰς ἀπὸ λίνου εἶναι, ἀλλ' εἶδος ὕμνου ᾖδον, ὡς παιᾶνα. ἢ λύρας χορδή.
[1] Homer, Iliad 18.570 (web address 1); see also the corresponding scholia, and Eustathius ad loc.. (The entry here follows Aristarchus’ interpretation of the verse.) Also see RE s.v. Linos (below); cf. lambda 568.
[2] Etymologicum Magnum s.v. λινόν .
Abert, H. – Kroll, W., “Linos (1), ursprünglich ein altes Volkslied, später ein personifizierter Heros der Musik und des Gesangs”, RE XIII 1 (1926) 715-717
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Keywords: botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; meter and music; mythology; poetry; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 25 June 2007@18:03:17.
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