[German version] (θυμέλη/
thymélē; etymology already disputed among ancient authors; derivations mentioned are from the verbs
thýein, 'sacrifice', or
títhēmi, 'place, stand').
Thymele (and correspondingly the adjective
thymelikós) is used with various meanings in ancient literature: as a place of fire and sacrifice (Hesych. s.v. θ.; Eur. El. 713), an altar (Eur. Rhes. 234; Aesch. Supp. 675; IG II 2,161 A 95; Poll. 4,123), a flat podium of boards (Plut. Alexandros 67,2), 'holy ground' in the sense of a temple or shrine (Eu…