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Headword: Οἶον
Adler number: omicroniota,148
Translated headword: Oion, Oeum
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
There are two demes in Attica [sc. with this name], said in the neuter.[1] They say that they are so called because the place[s] never had habitation, but were isolated; for the ancients used to call isolation "oion". There is Oion Kerameikon of the tribe Leontis, [2] and Oion Dekeleikon of Hippothontis.[3] The demesman from either used to be called "from-Oion". But others were the so-called "from-Oe", as stated before.[4]
Greek Original:
Οἶον: δῆμοι εἰσὶν ἐν τῇ Ἀττικῇ διττοί, οὐδετέρως λεγόμενοι. καλεῖσθαι δέ φασιν αὐτοὺς οὕτως διὰ τὸ μηδαμῶς οἰκητὸν τόπον ἔχειν, ἀλλὰ μεμονῶσθαι: τὸ γὰρ μόνον οἶον ἐκάλουν οἱ ἀρχαῖοι. ἔστι δὲ τὸ μὲν Κεραμεικὸν Οἶον τῆς Λεοντίδος φυλῆς, τὸ δὲ Δεκελεικὸν Οἶον τῆς Ἱπποθοωντίδος. οἱ δὲ δημόται ἑκατέρωθεν ἐλέγοντο ἐξ Οἴου. ἄλλοι δὲ ἦσαν οἱ λεγόμενοι Οἰῆθεν, ὡς προείρηται.
Notes:
Abridged from Harpokration s.v., commenting on Isaeus fr. 116 Sauppe (and citing Philochorus FGrH 328 F29 for the etymology given).
[1] See generally J.S. Traill, The Political Organization of Attica (Princeton 1975) 124.
[2] Traill, Organization 44; D. Whitehead, The Demes of Attica (Princeton 1986) index s.v.
[3] Traill, Organization 52; Whitehead, Demes index s.v.
[4] See omicroniota 44.
Keywords: aetiology; constitution; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 September 2000@11:22:37.
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Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 17 August 2003@19:26:55.
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