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Headword: Λουτροφόρος
Adler number: lambda,694
Translated headword: bath-carrier
Vetting Status: high
[Bath-carrier] and bath-carrying. It was customary for those getting married at Athens to send out for baths for themselves on the day of the wedding. They used to send for these the boy who was their nearest male relative; and these did the the bath-carrying. It was also customary, when people died unmarried, to have a bath-carrier and position him at the tomb; this was a boy with a hydria. They used to carry the bath[-water] from the spring now called Enneakrounos, formerly Kallirhoe.[1]
Greek Original:
Λουτροφόρος καὶ Λουτροφορεῖν: ἔθος ἦν τοῖς γαμοῦσιν Ἀθήνησι λουτρὰ μεταπέμπεσθαι ἑαυτοῖς κατὰ τὴν τοῦ γάμου ἡμέραν. ἔπεμπον δὲ ἐπὶ ταῦτα τὸν ἐγγυτάτω γένους παῖδα ἄρρενα: καὶ οὗτοι ἐλουτροφόρουν. ἔθος δὲ ἦν καὶ τοῖς ἀγάμοις ἀποθανοῦσι λουτροφορεῖν καὶ ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμα ἐφίστασθαι: τοῦτο δὲ ἦν παῖς ὑδρίαν ἔχων. τὰ δὲ λουτρὰ ἐκόμιζον ἐκ τῆς νῦν μὲν Ἐννεακόρου καλουμένης κρήνης, πρότερον δὲ Καλλιρόης.
Abridged from Harpokration s.v., commenting on Dinarchus frs. XIX.6 and LXXXIII.1 Conomis. Note that λουτροφόρος was the name for not only the person performing the ritual but also the particular vessel used.
cf. generally lambda 692, lambda 693.
[1] For Enneakrounos (here misspelled Enneakoros)/Kallirhoe see epsilon 1209 and kappa 238.
Robert Garland, The Greek Way of Life (London 1990) 220
Keywords: children; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 December 2000@03:17:04.
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