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Hedna
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(ἕδνα/hédna, ep. ἔεδνα/éedna). Common only in the collective plural, in Homer they are the bridegroom's  presents to the bride's father (idea of the ‘purchase marriage’) or to the bride herself (similar to the Germanic jointure). Differently to Hom. Od. 1,277 and 2,196: endowing of the bride by her father (related to the  parápherna or the  phernḗ ), sometimes also to be interpreted as a ‘dowry’ ( proíx ). Unclear: Od. 2,53 (verb); Il. 13,382 (deverbative noun). Presumably, the hedna is based on the archaic idea of arranging social relationships by means o…

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Hedna”, 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 17 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e504680>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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