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Πολύμνηστος. The name of the father of Battus is common to both stories, as being certain (cf. Pind. P. iv. 104). For the bar sinister in the pedigree of a colonist cf. Arist. Pol. 1306 b. ἰσχνόφωνος: originally ‘thin-voiced’, has come to = ‘stammering’; cf. L. & S. s. v. μετωνομάσθη. Battus' real name was Aristoteles (Pyth. v. 116), as H. must have known; ‘Battus’ is a title (v. i.) that has become a name; cf. Augustus. It is a Libyan word, though it occurs later as a Greek name (Thuc. iv. 43. 1). The legend of his stammering is probably an invention based on the likeness of Βάττος and βατταρίζω. ἡ Πυθίη. The oracle is no doubt post eventum, otherwise the familiarity with the Libyan title, ‘Battus,’ would confirm the oracle's claim in 157. 2.
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