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Headword: *qesmofo/ros
Adler number: theta,272
Translated headword: Thesmophoros, Thesmophorus
Vetting Status: high
"Battus who founded Cyrene[1] longed to learn the mystery-rites of the Thesmophoros[2] and he advanced forcefully, gratifying [his] curious eyes."[3]
Greek Original:
*qesmofo/ros. o(/ti *ba/ttos o( *kurh/nhn kti/sas th=s *qesmofo/rou ta\ musth/ria e)gli/xeto maqei=n kai\ prosh=ge bi/an li/xnois o)fqalmoi=s xarizo/menos.
Aelian fr. 47a Domingo-Forasté (44 Hercher). On this narrative, see also Detienne 1989.
[1] On Battus (beta 185, beta 186, beta 187) and the founding of Cyrene (kappa 2757), see Herodotus 4.150-158 (web address 1), Pindar, Pythians 4 and 5 (web addresses 2 and 3) and the corresponding scholia, esp. on Pythian 5.96b; also Callimachus, Hymn to Apollo 67-76 (web address 4).
[2] i.e. Demeter; cf. theta 270. On the sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone in Cyrene, see White 1981; a recent (2004) picture of the sanctuary at web address 5.
[3] cf. the phrase li/xnon o)/mma in a similar context at lambda 633 = pi 1560 (Aelian again, and also concerning mystery-ceremonies).
Detienne, M., "The violence of wellborn ladies: women in the Thesmophoria", in Detienne, M. – Vernant, J.-P. (edd.), The Cuisine of Sacrifice among the Greeks , Chicago 1989, pp. 129-147
White, D., "Cyrene’s Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone: a summary of a decade of excavation", American Journal of Archaeology 85.1 (1981), pp. 13-30
Associated internet addresses:
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Web address 2,
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Web address 5
Keywords: biography; ethics; geography; mythology; religion
Translated by: Ioannis Doukas on 22 August 2007@18:24:27.
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