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Iynx
(278 words)

(ἴυγξ; íynx).

[German version]

[1] Demon related to the genesis of the world

Iynx (‘sounding’, cf. ἰύζω/iýzō) refers to 1. a bird, 2. a humming wheel used in magical rites, and 3. a demon in  theurgy who is associated with the origin of the world and mediates between humans and gods.

In myth the bird is transformed from a seductive nymph, the daughter of Echo or Peitho and perhaps  Pan (Callim. Fr. 685; Phot. and Suda, s.v. I.), or from a woman who competed with the Muses in singing (Nicander in Antoninus Liberalis 9).

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Johnston, Sarah Iles (Princeton) and Haase, Mareile (Toronto), “Iynx”, 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 14 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e604660>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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