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Headword: Ὁμηρίδαι
Adler number: omicron,248
Translated headword: Homeridai, Homeridae, Homerids
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Those who perform Homer's poems. Others [sc. define the term as] a family in Chios named after the poet. But others say that this opinion is erroneous, since they get their name from pledges [homera]. For the women of Chios once went mad during the festival of Dionysos, and fought a battle against their menfolk; they stopped [only] after they had exchanged as pledges bridegrooms and brides, whose descendants they call 'Homeridai'.
Greek Original:
Ὁμηρίδαι: οἱ τὰ Ὁμήρου ὑποκρινόμενοι. οἱ δὲ γένος ἐν Χίῳ ἀπὸ τοῦ ποιητοῦ ὠνομασμένον: ἄλλοι δέ φασιν ἁμαρτάνειν τοὺς οὕτω νομίζοντας: ὠνομάσθαι γὰρ ἀπὸ τῶν ὁμήρων: ἐπεὶ αἱ γυναῖκές ποτε τῶν Χίων ἐν Διονυσίοις παραφρονήσασαι εἰς μάχην ἦλθον τοῖς ἀνδράσι, καὶ δόντες ἀλλήλοις ὅμηρα νυμφίους καὶ νύμφας ἐπαύσαντο: ὧν τοὺς ἀπογόνους Ὁμηρίδας λέγουσιν.
Note:
An abridgement of Harpokration s.v., prompted by Isocrates 10.65, and citing a variety of other writers, mainly historians (their names omitted here).
Reference:
OCD(4) 700
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; poetry; religion; women
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 13 December 2000@20:48:51.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and bibliography; cosmetics) on 14 December 2000@03:53:18.
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 13 September 2002@07:58:59.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics; raised status) on 13 July 2011@04:46:11.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 6 August 2014@03:06:44.

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