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Daktyloi Idaioi
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(Δάκτυλοι Ἰδαῖοι; Dáktyloi Idaîoi). The three inventors of the blacksmith's craft described as góēs (‘magicians’) in the Phoronis (3) (PEG fr. 2; cf.Diod. Sic. 17,7,5; Str. 10,3,22) [1. 1054-5] (guild of mythical blacksmiths: [2. 269]). The same is attested not for the Troad (=Phrygia) but for Crete by Hes. cat. 282 M-W, Marmor Parium FGrH 239 A11 (Ephorus?) and Diod. Sic. 5,64,3;55,64,5 who describes them as the original people of Crete. Their name (‘fingers’) was traced back by Soph. fr. 366 TrG…

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Caduff, Gian Andrea (Zizers), “Daktyloi Idaioi”, 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 08 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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