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Does anyone know anything about 'Antron Mitras, as in
'Antron Mitras. Zoroaster's cave ... (pp. 57-) of Thornley's An Easie Introduction to the Philosopher's Magical Gold (1667)

Is it a personal name, or is it a piece of Greek text? My Greek dictionary does not have 'Antron, but Mitras could come from mitra meaning mitre
Presumably Zoroaster's cave is calling to mind Plato's fable?

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Alan Pritchard wrote:
Does anyone know anything about 'Antron Mitras, as in
'Antron Mitras. Zoroaster's cave ... (pp. 57-) of Thornley's An Easie Introduction to the Philosopher's Magical Gold (1667)

Is it a personal name, or is it a piece of Greek text? My Greek dictionary does not have 'Antron, but Mitras could come from mitra meaning mitre
Presumably Zoroaster's cave is calling to mind Plato's fable?


Hi Alan,

Well it certainly is Greek.

Antron = cave (as here:
http://colet.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/chuck/woodhouse_pages.pl?page_num=119 )

Mitra roughly = Zoroaster (as here:
http://www.cais-soas.com/CAIS/Archaeology/Pre-History/niasar_cave.htm )

but see here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithra

So Antron Mitras = The Cave of Zoroaster

I believe this is in Greek characters on the original title-page,

Paul

Last edited on Fri Apr 24th, 2009 09:57 pm by Paul Ferguson

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TVM, Paul.

Most helpful.

Yes, it is in Greek as the first words on page 57.

My dictionary only gives modern Greek (so spilios for cave). I clearly need a classical Greek dictionary!

A supplementary question relating to the text:
Did Thornley compile the work? or has come from elsewhere, and he just included it (as with Pontanus)?

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Alan Pritchard wrote:
TVM, Paul.

Most helpful.

Yes, it is in Greek as the first words on page 57.

My dictionary only gives modern Greek (so spilios for cave). I clearly need a classical Greek dictionary!

A supplementary question relating to the text:
Did Thornley compile the work? or has come from elsewhere, and he just included it (as with Pontanus)?


Liddell & Scott's famous Greek Lexicon is available on-line courtesy of Tufts:

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/resolveform

The Classical Greek equivalent of Mod. Gk. spilios is spelaion (Latin spelunca), whereas antron corresponds to Latin antrum. They both seem to mean cave, cavern or grotto. I'm not quite sure if there is any difference between them.

Zoroaster's Cave seems to be just a rag-bag of quotations with no original input:

http://www.rexresearch.com/alchemy6/zoroaster.htm

Not sure about the other texts.

I assume this is the same George Thornley who translated Daphnis and Chloe by Longus:

http://members.efn.org/~callen/Daphnis%20and%20Chloe,%201657.txt


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Last edited on Sat Apr 25th, 2009 11:57 am by Paul Ferguson




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