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 p455  Ellotia

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on p455 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

ELLO′TIA or HELLOTIA (ἐλλώτια or ἑλλώτια), a festival with a torch race celebrated at Corinth in honour of Athena as a goddess of fire (Schol. Pind. Ol. XIII.56; Athen. XV p678; Etymol. s.v. Ἑλλωτίς).

A festival of the same name was celebrated in Crete, in honour of Europe. The word ἑλλωτίς, from which the festival derived its name, was, according to Seleucus (ap. Athen. l.c.), a myrtle garland twenty yards in circumference, which was carried about in the procession at the festival of the Ellotia (compare Hesych. and Etymol Magn. s.v. Ἑλλωτία).​a

Thayer's Note:

a See also the article Halotia in Daremberg & Saglio.

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