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Headword: Μαιμακτηριών
Adler number: mu,322
Translated headword: Maimakterion, Maemacterium
Vetting Status: high
The fifth month at Athens. January.[1] It took its name from Zeus Maimaktes. [sc. The adjective] maimaktes means boisterous and agitated.[2] With winter beginning in this month, the air is agitated and changeable.
Greek Original:
Μαιμακτηριών: ὁ πέμπτος μὴν παρ' Ἀθηναίοις. ὁ Ἰαννουάριος. ὠνομάσθη δὲ ἀπὸ Διὸς Μαιμάκτου. Μαιμάκτης δέ ἐστιν ὁ ἐνθουσιώδης καὶ ταρακτικός. ἀρχὴν δὲ λαμβάνοντος τοῦ χειμῶνος ἐν τούτῳ τῷ μηνί, ὁ ἀὴρ ταράττεται καὶ μεταβολὴν ἴσχει.
Abridged fropm Harpokration (and Photius) s.v., commenting on [Demosthenes] 49.22
[1] An error: the month began on the fifth new moon after the summer solstice, therefore in November or October. Küster deleted this.
[2] See again mu 323. The epithet is related to the verb μαιμάσσω, μαιμάω 'quiver (with eagerness or rage)'; it is conventionally translated 'Blustery'.
H.W. Parke, Festivals of the Athenians (1977) 95-96
Keywords: chronology; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion; rhetoric; science and technology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 December 2000@05:31:14.
Vetted by:
Robert Dyer (Expanded notes, added reference, raised status) on 10 December 2002@03:24:02.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 10 December 2002@03:44:03.
Catharine Roth (augmented note 1) on 26 April 2009@01:31:48.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 12 July 2011@05:52:47.


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