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Headword: Νύσια
Adler number: nu,619
Translated headword: Nysian
Vetting Status: high
A type of dance; for of the dances one is called Berecyntian, one Cretan, one Parric.[1] So 'Berecyntian' things [are] Nysian; for Berecyntian [sc.] territory is [part] of Nysia. But 'Cretan' [is] Knossian; for in Mysia and Knossos dance is taken seriously; and Nysian things are those that happen on Nysa. This[2] is also sacred to Dionysos. And the Knossian ones likewise. Otherwise: when it comes to dances some are Dionysiac, some Korybantic, some in armor; the Dionysiac [are] Nysian, the Korybantic Knossian; for Knossos [is] a city of Crete.[3] And in Crete Zeus was reared by the Korybantes.
Greek Original:
Νύσια: ὀρχήματος εἶδος: τῶν γὰρ ὀρχήσεων ἡ μὲν Βερεκυντιακὴ λέγεται, ἡ δὲ Κρητική, ἡ δὲ Παρρική. Νύσια οὖν τὰ Βερεκύντια: Νυσιὰς γάρ ἐστιν ἡ Βερεκυντιακή. Κνώσσια δὲ Κρητική: ἐν Μυσίᾳ γὰρ καὶ Κνωσσῷ ἐπιμελὴς ἡ ὄρχησις: Νύσια δὲ τὰ ἐν τῇ Νύσῃ γινόμενα. ἔστι δὲ αὕτη Διονύσου ἱερά. καὶ τὰ Κνώσσια ὡσαύτως. ἄλλως: τῶν ὀρχήσεων αἱ μὲν εἰσὶ Διονυσιακαί, αἱ δὲ Κορυβαντιακαί, αἱ ἐνόπλιοι: Νύσιαι δὲ αἱ Διονυσιακαί, Κνώσσιαι δὲ αἱ Κορυβαντιακαί: Κνωσσὸς γὰρ πόλις Κρήτης. ἐν τῇ Κρήτῃ δὲ ὑπὸ τῶν Κορυβάντων ἐτράφη ὁ Ζεύς.
Derived from ancient commentary on Sophocles, Ajax 699-700 (web address 1), where 'Nysian' and 'Knossian' dances are referred to; cf. scholia ad loc.
[1] 'Parric' (Παρρική ) is a mistake for 'Pyrrhic' (Πυρρίχη ), the dance in armor alluded to below; pi 3225.
[2] That is, this mountain, Nysa; nu 618.
[3] cf. kappa 1884.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: clothing; definition; geography; military affairs; meter and music; mythology; poetry; religion; tragedy
Translated by: William Hutton on 15 October 2009@22:46:50.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (betacode typo, status) on 16 October 2009@00:47:10.
David Whitehead (x-refs; tweaks and cosmetics) on 16 October 2009@03:22:32.
William Hutton (typo) on 16 October 2009@07:57:36.
David Whitehead on 18 June 2013@06:54:22.


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