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Headword: Ὄλυμπος
Adler number: omicron,219
Translated headword: Olympus, Olympos
Vetting Status: high
Son of Maion; a Mysian, a piper and a melic and elegiac poet, he became a pioneer of instrumental music [played] by pipes: a student and the beloved of Marsyas, a Satyr by lineage,[1] [who was himself] a pupil, and son, of Hyagnis.[2] Olympus flourished before the Trojan War, and the mountain in Mysia is named for him.[3]
Greek Original:
Ὄλυμπος, Μαίονος, Μυσός, αὐλητὴς καὶ ποιητὴς μελῶν καὶ ἐλεγείων, ἡγεμών τε γενόμενος τῆς κρουματικῆς μουσικῆς τῆς διὰ τῶν αὐλῶν: μαθητὴς καὶ ἐρώμενος Μαρσύου, τὸ γένος ὄντος Σατύρου, ἀκουστοῦ δὲ καὶ παιδὸς Ὑάγνιδος. γέγονε δὲ πρὸ τῶν Τρωϊκῶν ὁ Ὄλυμπος, ἐξ οὗ τὸ ὄρος τὸ ἐν Μυσίᾳ ὀνομάζεται.
See also omicron 220 (cf. omicron 221), and generally M.L. West, Ancient Greek Music (Oxford 1992) 330-1 (and index s.v.).
The present entry's material has parallels in a scholion on Aristophanes, Knights 9 (cf. xi 117, xi 118) and elsewhere.
[1] See West loc.cit., and OCD(4) s.v.
[2] See West loc.cit. (The name appears elsewhere as Agnis or Oiagnis.)
[3] Not, of course, 'the' Mount Olympus, in Balkan Greece, but one of its several homonyms in (present-day) Turkey.
Keywords: biography; chronology; comedy; gender and sexuality; geography; meter and music; mythology; poetry
Translated by: Meredith Grau on 5 November 2002@18:19:02.
Vetted by:
Ross Scaife ✝ on 5 November 2002@18:47:35.
David Whitehead (modified translation; added notes; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 6 November 2002@03:31:50.
David Whitehead (tweaked translation) on 13 December 2005@09:22:09.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaking) on 25 June 2013@03:49:32.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 6 August 2014@03:04:42.


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