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Headword: Θύρσος
Adler number: theta,613
Translated headword: thyrsus
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] a Bacchic staff. Or a lamp, which they used to carry in honor of Dionysus.[1]
In the Epigrams: "to Pan Biton dedicated a goat, to the Nymphs a rose, thyrsuses to Lyaeus, the third gift under the well-petalled foliage."[2] And elsewhere: "and the verdant coniferous vine-prop of the thyrsus."[3]
Greek Original:
Θύρσος: βακχικὴ ῥάβδος. ἢ λαμπάς, ἣν ἐβάσταζον εἰς τιμὴν τῷ Διονύσῳ. ἐν Ἐπιγράμμασι: Πανὶ Βίτων χίμαρον, Νύμφαις ῥόδα, θύρσα Λυαίῳ, τρισσὸν ὑπ' εὐπετάλοις δῶρον ἔθηκε φοίβαις. καὶ αὖθις: καὶ θύρσου χλοερὸν κωνοφόρον κάμακα.
Notes:
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica; see the references at Photius theta282 Theodoridis.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.158.1-2 (Sabinus the Grammarian): read φόβαις instead of φοίβαις ; cf. phi 778. For 'Lyaeus' see lambda 788.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.165.4 (Phalaecus); cf. kappa 2279.
Keywords: botany; definition; poetry; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 26 February 2008@01:04:29.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 26 February 2008@03:25:29.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 26 February 2008@10:00:58.
David Whitehead (another note) on 7 January 2013@09:35:41.
Catharine Roth (expanded notes) on 23 December 2018@01:54:38.

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