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PEDUM (κορύνη, Theoc. 7.43), a crook. The accompanying woodcut is taken from a

Pedum. (From a painting.)

painting found at Civita Vecchia (Ant. d'Ercolano, vol. iii. tav. 53). It shows the crook in the hand of a shepherdess. (See also woodcut to OSCILLUM.)

The crook is continually seen in works of ancient art in the hands of Pan (Sil. Ital. Pun. 13.334), and is also the usual attribute of Thalia, as the Muse of Pastoral poetry. The λαγωβόλον (Theoc. 4.49, 7.128, prob. = καλαῦροψ, Il. 23.841) was a stick thrown to collect cattle (originally to kill hares, &c.), somewhat like a “boomerang” (Stephani, Compte Rendu, 1867; Fritzsche ad Theoc. l.c.).

[J.Y] [G.E.M]

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