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Headword: Ὀρχομενός
Adler number: omicron,674
Translated headword: Orchomenos
Vetting Status: high
A temple of idols.
Greek Original:
Ὀρχομενός: ναὸς τῶν εἰδώλων.
A thoroughly puzzling entry. The headword looks like a participle, except for the accent, but as it does not fit with any attested verb, it is presumably a proper noun. Several individuals named Orchomenos appear in Greek mythology (e.g. one of the sons of Thyestes); and cities called Orchomenos were located in Boeotia and Arcadia. Hesychius omicron1380 has this headword with the gloss πόλις Βοιωτίας, ἣν Μινύειον καλοῦσιν ("a city of Boeotia, which they call Minyan"; prompted by Homer, Iliad 2.511), and the Etymologicum Magnum glosses similarly. However, none of that comes near to explaining the present Christian-inspired gloss, which has already appeared at epsiloniota 42 (and cf. a fragment of Photius' Commentary on Paul's 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians, "the temple of God and the temple of idols").
Keywords: Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; mythology; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 April 2010@00:16:43.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keywords; cosmetics) on 8 April 2010@03:43:27.
Catharine Roth (tweaks) on 8 April 2010@15:03:00.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 29 July 2013@03:14:33.
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