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Hymenaios
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(Ὑμέναιος; Hyménaios). Wedding song (cf.  Hymenaeus)

I. Greek

[German version]

A. Etymology

The meaning of hyménaios is shared by ὑμήν (hymḗn), as it is usually found in the cry Ὑμὴν ὦ Ὑμέναιε [1. vol. 2,361]. The origin of the word ὑμήν is disputed: some claim its origin is pre-Greek and not Indo-European [2]; others maintain it is Greek, and synonymous with hymḗn = membrane, i.e. the hymen, although this meaning first appears in later authors [3. 964-965]. Diehl, who assumes a connection with the Latin suo, sees a further l…

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Robbins, Emmet (Toronto), “Hymenaios”, 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 26 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e519280>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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