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Headword: Λυχνίτης λίθος
Adler number: lambda,878
Translated headword: lit-up stone
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Also [sc. attested is] Lychnitos.[1]
Greek Original:
Λυχνίτης λίθος. καὶ Λυχνιτός.
Notes:
The unglossed headword phrase, according to Varro cited in Pliny's Natural History (36.14), was applied to Parian marble (pi 643, pi 644), on the basis of its supposedly being quarried by lamplight. It has no connection with the precious stone ruby (lambda 879).
[1] Lychnitos -- more authentically Lychnidos -- is the name of a city (and an associated lake) in ancient Illyria, present-day Ohrid in Albania/Macedonia; see Barrington Atlas map 49 grid C2.
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Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 April 2009@05:35:42.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 2 April 2009@11:14:08.
David Whitehead (augmented primary note) on 3 April 2009@03:13:48.
David Whitehead on 24 April 2013@07:07:23.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 29 March 2016@00:42:42.

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