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Calamus
(523 words)

[German version]

[1] Son of Maeander

(Κάλαμος; Kálamos). Son of the river god  Maeander. When his lover Carpus drowns, C. begs Zeus for a premature death. In response, Zeus turns him into a reed, Carpus into a field fruit (Serv. Ecl. 5,48; Nonn. Dion. 11,370ff.; [2. 279]). In a different myth, C. is the lover of  Cissus [3. 168 n. 2].

Bibliography

1 H. Meyer, s.v. K., RE 10, 1538

2 J. Murr, Die Pflanzenwelt in der griech. Myth., 1880

3 E. Rohde, Der griech. Roman, 31914.

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Vogeler, Joachim (Baton Rouge, LA) and Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Calamus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e605490>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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