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Headword: Λαμπάδος
Adler number: lambda,88
Translated headword: of a torch, torch's
Vetting Status: high
Also [sc. attested is the dative plural] λαμπάσι ] ["for/to/with torches"].[1] Athenians celebrate three torch-festivals, at [the] Panathenaia, Hephaistia and Prometh[e]ia. Istros says that having a torch-race was something Athenians first did when sacrificing to Hephaistos, to commemorate him who grasped the use of fire and taught it to others.[2]
Greek Original:
Λαμπάδος. καὶ λαμπάσι. τρεῖς ἄγουσιν Ἀθηναῖοι ἑορτὰς λαμπάδος, Παναθηναίοις, Ἡφαιστίοις καὶ Προμηθίοις. Ἴστρος δέ φησι, λαμπάδα νομίσαι ποιεῖν πρῶτον Ἀθηναίους Ἡφαίστῳ θύοντας, ὑπόμνημα τοῦ κατανοήσαντος τὴν χρείαν τοῦ πυρὸς διδάξαι τοὺς ἄλλους.
Abridged from Harpokration s.v. lampas, commenting in the first instance on Lysias fr. 106 Sauppe (now 123b Carey OCT -- but truncated there).
[1] This phrase, not in Harpok., occurs in some mss only.
[2] Istros FGrH 334 F2 (longer, but with some textual corruption, in Harpok.).
Keywords: aetiology; chronology; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; mythology; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 5 December 2000@07:00:20.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added keyword; set status) on 24 October 2003@16:51:01.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 26 October 2003@04:17:32.
David Whitehead (updated and rearranged notes; tweaks and cosmetics) on 11 July 2011@10:36:45.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 12 July 2011@11:25:09.
David Whitehead on 1 April 2013@06:43:35.


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