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Delphinius
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(Δελφίνιος; Delphínios, in Crete also Delphidios). Epiclesis of Apollo, attested in both Ionic and Doric (Crete) territory and often linked in antiquity, after the Homeric hymn to Apollo, to Delphi and the  dolphin: he is said to have led his priests to Delphi as a dolphin. Many academics adopted this etymology, even though the cults could not confirm it; there the god is thoroughly bound up in the concerns of the young citizens of the polis. In Miletus (then in  Olbia) he is the god of the  Molpoi, a group of the city elite, in Cretan Dreros he is linked to a templ…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Delphinius”, 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 22 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e313580>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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