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Headword: Πτολεμαῖος
Adler number: pi,3032
Translated headword: Ptolemaios, Ptolemaeus, Ptolemy
Vetting Status: high
Of Kythera,[1] epic poet. This man wrote about the psalakantha. And in this [work] he says that it is a plant that has a certain marvellous power.
Greek Original:
Πτολεμαῖος, Κυθήριος, ἐποποιός. οὗτος ἔγραψε περὶ ψαλακάνθης. ἐν τούτῳ δέ φησιν, ὅτι βοτάνη ἐστί, θαυμαστήν τινα δύναμιν ἔχουσα.
The psalakantha is simply 'a fabulous plant' in LSJ. It is also mentioned by the comic poet Eubulus (fr. 28 Kock, now 27 K.-A.), and in late lexica.
[1] The large island off the southern Peloponnese (kappa 2629).
Keywords: biography; botany; comedy; epic; geography; poetry
Translated by: D. Graham J. Shipley on 3 August 2002@08:08:24.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added keywords) on 3 August 2002@10:10:47.
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 4 August 2002@04:58:03.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks) on 30 November 2011@05:49:44.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 December 2014@08:21:45.


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