2. L. Maelius. L. L., designated Vascularius,
that is, a maker of vases. on an extant Latin inscription. (Gruter, p. dcxliii.; R. Rochette, Lettre à M. Schorn,
p. 415, 2d ed.)
A discussion has been raised respecting the true form of this name. Köhler (Einleitung,
p. 13) blames Visconti for calling the gem-engraver Thamyrus
instead of Thamyras.
Of course ΘΑΜΥΡΟΥ
, on the gems, might be taken as the genitive of either; but Stosch and R. Rochette decide in favour of Thamyrus
on the evidence of the inscription.
The truth, however, seems to be that Thamyrus
is merely the Latin form of Θαμύρας
, which is the genuine Greek, and which is only a variation of Θάμυρις
. (Pape, Wörterbuch d. Griech. Eigennamen.