Ἀντείας -> founder of Antium

Offline september

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Please, can anyone tell me anything about the meaning of these two names, sometimes given to two of the sons of Circe by Odysseus?

Many thanks!

Emma
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Emma,  these are the mythical founders of the Italian cities of Antium and Ardea respectively.  The names of the "heroes" are probably derived from the names of the towns, so the ultimate derivation is probably Italic rather than Greek.  The Greeks, however, may have heard echoes of their words for "opposing" (ἀντί) and "water," "irrigate" (ἄρδω) in the heroes' names.



 

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