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Headword: Ὕλαν κραυγάζειν
Adler number: upsilon,90
Translated headword: to shout Hylas
Vetting Status: high
They record this about Hylas the son of Theiodamas, a fair lad in the bloom of youth, and the beloved of Herakles, when he was sailing in the company of the Argonauts: when they arrived in Mysia, he was hidden from sight by the nymphs after he had gone out for the purpose of drawing water. When Polyphemus was sent in search of him he shouted and called for Hylas by name, but he made no progress. Wherefore they say the proverb about those accomplishing nothing. And even now the Kianians[1] still mimic the search in their festival for the hero.
Greek Original:
Ὕλαν κραυγάζειν: ἱστοροῦσιν Ὕλαν τὸν Θειοδάμαντος, καλὸν τὴν ὥραν, ἐρώμενον Ἡρακλέους, ὅτε συνέπλει τοῖς Ἀργοναύταις: γενομένων δὲ κατὰ Μυσίαν, ἐξελθεῖν ὑδρευσόμενον, ὑπὸ Νυμφῶν δὲ ἀφανισθῆναι. τούτου δὲ ἐπὶ ζήτησιν Πολύφημον πεμφθέντα κεκραγέναι καὶ ὀνομαστὶ ἀνακαλεῖν τὸν Ὕλαν, μηδὲν περαίνοντα. διὸ καὶ τὴν παροιμίαν ἐπὶ τῶν μηδὲν ἀνυόντων λέγεσθαι. καὶ νῦν δὲ Κιανοὺς ἔτι ἀπομίμημα τῆς ζητήσεως ποιουμένους ἑορτάζειν τῷ ἥρωϊ.
Same entry in Photius (upsilon42 Theodoridis), thought to come from Pausanias the Atticist (upsilon4). Proverbial in Zenobius 6.21 and elsewhere.
cf. tau 769, upsilon 91.
[1] kappa 1571.
Keywords: aetiology; daily life; gender and sexuality; geography; mythology; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Bobbiejo Winfrey on 23 February 2003@13:23:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added notes; augmented keywords) on 24 February 2003@06:00:17.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 14 June 2004@03:35:54.
David Whitehead (another note, another keyword) on 25 April 2011@07:35:27.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 26 April 2011@00:50:09.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note; another keyword) on 20 November 2013@03:12:22.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 15 December 2016@01:26:44.


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