Ἀγνίτας -> Purifier (= Ἁγνίτης)? or Αgnitas ("whose idol is carved from the agnos-tree"), epithet of Asklepios in Pausanias 3.14.7?

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Ἀγνίτας (=Ἁγνίτης) -> Purifier, Hagnitas, epithet of Asklepios

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Hagnitas, e.e., Purificador sobrenombre de Asclepio en Esparta, Paus.3.14.7.
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Ἀγνίτας -α, ὁ Dor. Hagnitas, epith. of Asklepios. Paus. 3.14.7. (Pausanias explains the epithet "Agnitas" through reference to Asclepius' wooden image in Sparta, which was carved from the agnos-tree.)  ἁγνῑ́της -ου, ὁ [ἁγνός] a purifier Lyc. 135 Poll. 1.24 b one who requires purification AG. Bek.
— The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek
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The etymologists Beekes, Chantrain, and Frisk all agree that folk-etymology associated the tree vitex agnus castus (ἄγνος λύγος) with purity (ἁγνότης).  Despite Pausanias' explanation, I'm sure the Spartans made the same association with regard to their local Asclepius.



 

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