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Headword: Νυσήϊον
Adler number: nu,618
Translated headword: Nyseian
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Sc. pertaining to] a mountain of Dionysos.
Greek Original:
Νυσήϊον: ὄρος Διονύσου.
Notes:
The headword adjective is in the epic/Ionic dialect, and probably quoted from Homer, Iliad 6.133 (itself quoted by Strabo 15.1.7). See also Aristophanes, Frogs 215, where Dover comments as follows: 'Nysa, a mountain associated with Dionysos and in particular with his birth (e.g. E. Ba. 556f), did not have an agreed location in the real world; Il. 6.133 puts [it] in Thrace, but Nysa in hBacch. (1) 8f is in the Middle East.'.
NF: There are many different site identifications, most commonly Thrake and India. However, Hesychius, besides giving the same entry as the Suda, has another 'Nysa and Nyseion' (nu742) which lists the following locations: Arabia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Babylon, Erythra(ian Sea), Thrake, Thessaly, Kilikia, India, Libya, Lydia, Makedonia, Naxos, around Pangaios, Syria.
Reference:
Aristophanes, Frogs, edited with introduction and commentary by K.J. Dover (Oxford 1993)
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; mythology; religion; tragedy
Translated by: Nicholas Fincher on 7 August 2003@01:51:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword; modified and augmented note; augmented keywords; added bibliography; cosmetics) on 7 August 2003@05:59:27.
David Whitehead on 28 July 2011@07:38:28.
David Whitehead (note tweak) on 19 May 2016@07:26:18.
David Whitehead (my typo, noticed by NF) on 19 May 2016@08:02:16.

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