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”5 for by his etymology6 he seems to me to hint that from earliest times they were a collection of mixed peoples and that this was why the tribe disappeared. And the same might be said of the Caucones, since now they are nowhere to be found, although in earlier times they were settled in several places.
1 5. 2. 4.
2 Only fragments of this work are now extant (see Didot Edition, Vol. IV, pp. 219-296).
3 Now Santa Maura (cp. 10. 2. 2).
4 In the Greek word for “peoples” (λαούς) Hesoid alludes to the Greek word for “stones” (λᾶας). Pindar (Olymp. 9. 46 ff.) clearly derives the former word from the latter: “Pyrrha and Deucalion, without bed of marriage, founded a Stone Race, who were called Laoi.” One might now infer that the resemblance of the two words gave rise to the myth of the stones.
5 Hes. Fr. 141.3 (Paulson
6 That is, of “Lelges.” In the Greek the root leg appears in (1) “Leleges.” (2) “picked,” and (3) “collection.”
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