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Headword: Μυρρίνη
Adler number: mu,1438
Translated headword: myrtle
Vetting Status: high
A species of plant.[1]
Also [sc. attested is] "myrtling", [meaning someone] desiring office. For the officials [sc. in Athens] are crowned with myrtles.[2]
The tree [in question is the] tamarisk.[3]
"[Then he called upon him to] take a myrtle in his hand and recite something of Aeschylus".[4] For the children used to sing at the symposia, having brought a twig of laurel[5] or myrtle.
Greek Original:
Μυρρίνη: εἶδος φυτοῦ. καὶ Μυρρινῶν, ἀρχῆς ἐπιθυμῶν. μυρρίναις γὰρ στεφανοῦνται οἱ ἄρχοντες. τὸ δὲ δένδρον Μυρίκη. μυρρίνην λαβόντα, τῶν Αἰσχύλου λέξαι τι. οἱ γὰρ παῖδες ἐν τοῖς συμποσίοις κλῶνα δάφνης ἢ μυρρίνης λαβόντες ᾖδον.
[1] Also mu/rtos, mursi/nh, mu/rrinos and my/rtis. The fruit, the myrtle-berry, is called mu/rton which also means female genitalia (mu 1461). See Pliny, Natural History 15.122 for the various types of myrtle.
[2] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Wasps 861, where myrtles are mentioned; see again at psi 131. Likewise or similarly in other lexica: see the references at Photius mu601 Theodoridis, and generally LSJ s.v. μυρρινάω (not independently attested).
[3] An intrusion into this entry; see rather the preceding one, mu 1437.
[4] Aristophanes, Clouds 1364-5, followed by comment from the scholia there.
[5] Daphne, Laurus nobilis.
Keywords: botany; children; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; food; imagery; politics; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Carl Widstrand on 17 January 2000@11:20:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation and notes; added keywords; cosmetics) on 24 January 2001@10:12:04.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 16 November 2005@08:23:58.
David Whitehead (x-ref; tweaks and cosmetics) on 24 July 2009@09:09:12.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2; more keywords; cosmetics) on 29 May 2013@06:52:30.


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