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Meilichios, Meilichioi Theoi
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(Μειλίχιος, μειλίχιοι θεοί/meilíchios, meilíchioi theoi). The divine epithet meilichios was undoubtedly connected in Greek antiquity with a number of words (μειλίχιος/meilíchios, μείλíχος/meilíchos, μειλίσσομαι/meilíssomai, μείλιγμα/meíligma, in EM 582,35f. even with μέλι/méli, ‘honey’) which convey the idea of kindness, soothing, propitiation. These words often imply a prior anger which must be appeased. Allusions to the epithet meilíchios show a similar fluctuation between two ideas: that the name belongs to a god who allows himsel…

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Parker, Robert (Oxford), “Meilichios, Meilichioi Theoi”, 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 15 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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