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Headword: Μεταλλεῖς
Adler number: mu,704
Translated headword: miners
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Those who work the [sc. Athenian silver-]mines go under this name.[1]
[Note] that Faunus [is] a son of Picus who is also Zeus;[2] they called him Hermes after a name of the wandering star. He discovered mines of gold and silver and iron and handed over the working of them to the westerners, with the result that he was called Wealth-giver by the natives.[3]
Greek Original:
Μεταλλεῖς: οἱ τὰ μέταλλα ἐργαζόμενοι οὕτως ὀνομάζονται. ὅτι Φαῦνος υἱὸς Πίκου τοῦ καὶ Διός, ὃν Ἑρμῆν ἐκάλεσαν εἰς ὄνομα τοῦ πλανήτου ἀστέρος, μέταλλα ἐφεῦρε χρυσοῦ καὶ ἀργύρου καὶ σιδήρου καὶ τὴν τούτων ἐργασίαν παρέδωκε τοῖς δυτικοῖς, ὡς καὶ πλουτοδότην αὐτὸν ὑπὸ τῶν ἐγχωρίων καλεῖσθαι.
Notes:
[1] This part of the entry abridges Harpokration s.v., commenting in the first instance on Lysias fr. 89 Sauppe (now 99 Carey OCT) and going on to cite a comedy of this name.
[2] cf. pi 1500.
[3] This paragraph is an intrusive gloss with material repeated from phi 148. On Faunus generally OCD4 s.v.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; economics; geography; mythology; religion; rhetoric; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 December 2000@06:58:49.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (modified headword, translation and notes, added keywords, set status) on 12 September 2003@16:34:42.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 15 September 2003@03:33:58.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 23 October 2005@11:26:33.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 July 2011@07:01:53.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2014@08:37:57.

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